Beekeeping, Gardening

Updated Version of Grow Shelves!

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*Hello Friends – so I’ve updated my grow shelves! Click on links below to get a grow shelf and seeds all for under $100!!!!

Grow light shelves & Lights:
Lights – they’re great b/c they have both blue and red lights. Get zip ties to tie them down
Shoe rack:
Seedling trays:
Try to get seeds from another healthier seed source – non-GMO. Try Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds at www.rareseeds.com.
I keep the grow lights on from about 8am to about 7-8pm.
I cannot wait to re-plant my herbs and veggies! Waiting for Mother Nature to settle down. Am in CT so they suggest re-planting after Mother’s Day. I am currently growing Basil, Oregano, Cilantro, Cucumbers and Glass Corn – looking forward to tasting that!
*Disclaimer – This blog is based on my personal experiences. I am not getting paid or endorsed to promote products or services. Shop at your own intellectual expertise. Comments are welcome!
Beekeeping

Beginner Beekeepers, Are You ready For Your Hives?

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Beginner Beekeepers, if only I knew this all before my bees arrived! I see there are quite a few people who have written about Bee Mentors. They are few and far between. And this is mostly why… Remember, they are already Beekeepers tending to their own hives. During the ‘working months’, maintaining more hives than they signed up for can be exhauting and they have no ‘connection’ with them. So unless it’s a good friend, try to read books, find other or a local Beekeepers group and ask as many questions you can!
TAKE NOTES!
 
So Beginners read below, I hope this helps!
First: 
– WALK YOUR PROPERTY. HIVES MUST BE NEAR A WATER SOURCE AND FACING SOUTHEAST WITH AT LEAST 9-10 HOURS OF SUNSHINE. NO SHADY PLACES! UPLOAD A COMPASS APP TO YOUR PHONE, IT HELPS WHEN DOING THIS
 
– ABSOLUTE MUST: KEEP A BEE JOURNAL FOR EACH HIVE with detailed notes and occasional photos. Keep notes even if nothing seems to have ‘changed’. An active Queen has healthy brood patterns (where eggs are laid on each frame).
 
– DO NOT PAINT ANYTHING THAT IS INSIDE THE HIVE I.E. FRAMES, WALLS OF HIVE AND EVEN INSIDE TOP (CEILING) – IT MUST BE AS STERILE AS NATURE MADE IT
 
1 – bottom board, assembled and painted
2 – deep brood boxes w/frames (8 or 10 depending on their size) and plasticell foundation, assembled and painted
1 – medium depth super w/frames (8 or 10 depending on their size) and plasticell foundation, assembled and painted
1 – inner cover
1 – top cover, assembled and painted
1 – hive tool
1 – 4×7 smoker and fuel – best is dried twigs, dried leaves, dried wood chips (not dust or shavings), unbleached paper like paper bags, and unbleached or treated torn rags (i.e. old towels)
1 – Long nosed, fire lighter
1 – bee brush (optional)
1 – plastic queen excluder
1 – wooden hive entrance
1 – leather gloves
1 – Hat veil pullover combo or full suit
 
Additions:
– Large Rock to keep top closed from area predators, one for each hive
– separate shed for supplies near the hive – keeping things in your garage can discourage Beekeepers from going back and forth to hives and helps forgetfulness
 
Any other questions, you can email me directly at parkcityhoney@gmail.com
 
PLEASE KNOW I only write from my own experiences. I do not make recommendations on companies or brands and am not being paid for any of my writings. I am an independent Beekeeper with about 6 years experience under my belt. I am learning as I go and post/publish unbiased information as I feel it may help other Beekeepers.
Beekeeping, Gardening

The Pretty Farmer Recommends…

 

Hello Friends –

I rarely do this, but I am writing about 2 companies that really stand out within the Beekeeping world and a brand garden ‘must-have’ you eventually will never live without – The GROWOYA.

I rarely name resources but these 2 were indispensable within my journey this Spring/Summer, they are well worth passing on to you all!

PLEASE UNDERSTAND – I am NOT getting anything from these mentions – at all! These are 2 companies I have developed relationships with and love love love their products!

First, looking for a Beekeeper who knows his ‘SHIT‘? Featured a few years back and named the ‘Bee Whisperer’ of CT is Mike Rice from Mike’s Beehives. I have met quite a few people in this industry and was so blown away by not only his understandings of the Bee, but his handmade QUALITY equipment he manufactures in his garage in Roxbury, CT.

Mike holds three patents on 3 new devices for the survival of bees during tough times, i.e. Winter and early Spring. I have purchased and tried 2 of them, I am waiting for the third in which I will install in November to give my bees a better chance to proper winterization in the Northeast of the United States.

His website is www.mikesbeehives.com and his email is mikesbeehives@gmail.com. Remember, there is no such thing as a dumb question. We all want to do our part in the survival of this fantastic animal and he knows the way!

Second, is GROWOYA. Think of them as miracle vessels in your garden. They are clay pots that get buried between your plants. Simple as that. However, have you ever left your home for a long weekend and forgot to water your herbs and tomatoes? Here is the simple solution.

Slowly releasing water within the soil where they are planted, these clay devices save water, ease the pain of even remembering if you even watered the plants, and are tech savvy they’ll be the conversation of any garden party! They come in 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large. Costs vary between $24.95 to $39.95. They are worth every penny!!! My basil plants have tripled in size in just 2 weeks!

If you do visit or speak to their representatives, please tell them Alex from The Park City Honey Co. says they ROCK!

Sincerely,

The Pretty Farmer / Alexandra Wallace-Currie