Bee Update: Outlook Not Good. So before we left for our trip up to MA, we realized that our bees swarmed on us. This means that the Queen and half the bees or more took off to go find a new place to live. Bees will do this for a number of reasons and if you see where they go when they swarm, sometimes you can catch the swarm. We did not see where they went. We went out to the hive one day and were like, “uhm, where did all our bees go?” Anyways, we figured there was nothing we could do about it and left on vacation. When we got back and opened our hive to check things out we realized that we had barely any bees left and a massive small hive beetle problem. We put our beetle traps in the hive and left it. A week later the bee inspector came over and went out to look at the bees with me. When he opened the top of the hive he said “yeah this hive is dead.” Crap! He gave me the number of someone I could buy some more bees from though so we can try again. Luckily though, before our bees ditched us, they filled an entire super with honey. We bought a honey extractor and were able to collect nearly 2.5 GALLONS of honey.
Garden Update: Better than the bees but not stellar. Since our return we have harvested some cherry tomatoes a bunch of cayenne peppers and one okra.
Fortunately we get a fall growing season here so we can plant a whole bunch more seeds in mid-August.
Goat Update: Goat preparations are in full swing. We decided to fence off a smaller area for the goat pasture to save money on fencing and to save time with installation. Joe busted out the fence and now we just need to finish it up with putting in the gate and building a goat shelter.
We’re still undecided about what breed of dairy goat we will be getting and it may just come down to what is actually available. We may also get more than one breed. We really like the LaMancha breed but are also considering Nigerian Dwarfs, Nubians and Saanens. Anyone have any thoughts or opinions on dairy goats?
Chicken Update: Clucking Away. Still waiting on the three younger ladies to start laying. Not sure what is taking them so long but I am sure looking forward to having an abundance of eggs. Quiche anyone?
Ebay Update: Currently up for sale we have Gargoyle’s Quest II for the NES. We recently sold this really neat old radiator cap/gauge.
Until next time!