Next up for processing...the snap peas. The peas are so good and abundant. Got this bowl picked. This bowl is about 18 inches in diameter. We got the peas all chopped up no we just need to blanch and freeze.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
This post has been a long time coming. For those who don't know we keep bees. See how I didn't call us beekeepers. We are novices. We like having bees in our yard but don't really know all the ins and outs of having bees. This all started about 3 years ago when we acquired a top bar beehive. I am not going to go into detail about the top bar hive (search it on the web and you will find more than enough info). Anyway we were not prepared that first year and lost our hive. The next year we caught a swarm and had that hive for two years. Unfortunately this past winter we lost that hive as well. So this year we decided to buy bees for the first time. Once you have bees in your yard something always seems missing when they are gone. So anyway this year we got a hold of Corky from the Ballard Bee Company and bought a package of bees. and here are some pictures of us putting them in our hive.
Here I am placing the bars back into the hive.
So far so good. We got these bees in April and I am happy to say they are thriving. Just this week I stopped feeding them and they seem to be bringing in lost of pollen from around the neighborhood. I am so happy to have bees again. Hopefully they will stay around for quite some time.
Wish us luck.
Here is a follow up to the last post. A little before and after of our perennial beds. Unfortunately some of the pictures are not from the same angle...next time I will have to be more cognizant. Ah well you will get the point.
This is a new bed this year. We scored a bunch of compost from a neighbor who got delivered more than she ordered so we took advantage and made a new bed. So far so good.
Well that concludes our little garden update. Time to get back out there. We are on our neighborhood garden tour this July and still have a bunch to do.
The garden is ripping these days. The NW weather has been doing us good so far. I thought I would do a little update. So here are some before and after shots. Enjoy!
Here we have our pickling cucumbers. Haven't done pickles in a long time...hope this works out.
So there you have it....garden is hitting on all cylinders....it is always nice to see the progress.