What to do BEFORE those bees swarm

Day before yesterday I was up in the bee yard looking through the hives to check on the supers.  It’s that time of year when these girls are extremely busy and they’re filling those supers quickly with honey.  After looking through the hives, I needed to...

Sir Loin the Protector

Emma, our newest lamb to the farm, has been by herself since the day she was born.  We bottle fed her so she had human contact every day but she didn’t have any animal friends.  Emma’s been down in the pig pen since we weaned her so she could be close to...

Lady Banks Rose

I love perennials – the plants that you put in the ground once and they come back year after year.  I’m a “no muss, no fuss” kind of gardener and perennials suit me well.  Okay, I’ll admit I will buy a couple packs of pansies and petunias...

Chickens: from Chick to Pullet

Our chicks have been outside in the brood box for the last several weeks.  I’ve been turning the light on at night for them so they don’t get chilled.  The chicks will “tell” you when they’re hot or cold.  If they’re too hot, they will spread out from one another, put...

Growing a Better Tomato

We’ve waited patiently, or not, and April 15th has finally arrived.  No, it’s not because we’re so excited about doing taxes, it’s because we can finally plant all of our warm weather plants!  The winter visions of red, juicy tomatoes, vine-ripened cantaloupe, crisp...