Saturday, June 18, 2016
I started my summer vacation a few weeks early this year. Usually reserved for mid-July, I started in early June. We went to the John Hartford Memorial Festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana the first week of the month. What an awesome collection of people and music!
I came home to a fishing trip with my friend John. We caught one to three pound bass from a private lake like I'd never caught fish before. It was a total blast!
Moving my vacation up in the calendar has put me in a good spot to really keep ahead of our garden. That is a first for us. It's normally a catch up game by July and the weeds have usually won.
My second year of keeping bees has been a real learning experience. Last year I didn't harvest any honey from my two packaged bee start-ups. I'm fairly certain that that was a good decision considering the original two colonies and the splits and new hives we now have.
I've started building all my woodenware. That has cut my costs way down and I feel like I can expand to around eight total hives. That would be about as large an apiary as I would care to manage. There is so much more I have to learn about trying to keep up with the bees.
Yesterday I pulled a few frames from the medium supers and ended up with a little over one and a half gallons of very dark, buttery rich honey.