Feed the Bees

Spring is right around the corner!  This means it is seed starting time!  I have to admit, I not only have an addiction to chocolate, critters and hats, but to seeds!  I love harvesting seeds, buying seeds and of course, planting seeds.  We are fortunate enough to have a heated undergarage, with added grow lights for seed starting.  In February and March, we will also begin seeds in the hoop houses and greenhouse.

This year, we have an extra special seed focus – BEES!  With 20,000 Italian honey bees arriving in May, we are expanding our cottage garden and filling the Apiary with lots of bee-loving plants.

Granted, we have many food choices for our little friends, with the gardens and fruit trees, but in my opinion, there is never enough food for the bees!  You might not have a passion for becoming a bee keeper, but that does not mean you can’t help the natural bees in your area.  This Spring, when you are looking to add plants to your yard, garden or deck, here are some special requests from the bees!  (Zone 5)

Herbs: lavender, sage, catmint, cilantro, thyme, borage, fennel, bee balm, dill

Perennials:  hollyhocks, clematis, foxglove, poppy, cone flower, black-eyed susan,

Annuals: sunflowers, zinnia, clover, marigolds, geranium,

Shrubs: butterfly bushes, honeysuckle, roses, clematis, forsythia, witch hazel, weigela

Fruits & Veggies: blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, fruit trees, cantaloupe, gourds, pumpkins, cucumbers, squash, watermelon, tomatoes

Remember, if the bees die, they are taking us with them!  Pollination is NOT something that can be outsourced!

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Bee Kind…Bee Helpful…Bee YOU!




Artistic Hives!

I have had a fantastic few days, filled with wet paint and creativity.  I have been waiting for so long to make my beekeeper dream come true… the time is actually here! There is no doubt in my mind that bees appreciate art, so my first gift to them will be beautiful and colorful hives!  I started with the deep brood boxes…

Putting an exterior paint, only on the outside walls of the hives, will protect and seal the wood.  
Then the real fun begins!  Green is my favorite color, so I started there.
Adding detail…
One side complete…many more to go!  I think I am going to create the same scene on each side of this brood box, with each representing a different season.  One never knows where the paint will lead me…

Watch for creative updates to come!  And remember, BEE Amazing today!

Love Yourself…embrace Yourself…Just Be You…