Seedlings at Park Heights

People often ask me how and why I started beekeeping and BeeMore and it all goes back to the garden. This morning, I dropped by the offices before an Earth day event and I was inspired by these seedlings which started off like this…or probably more like this last summer

So it’s great to see the early evolution of these plants before we put them in the garden when the weather warms a but more.

Happy Earth Day!

Michelle

šŸŒ» Sunflower Starters šŸŒ»

Over the last few weeks, I started some flower seeds inside because of the recent Nor’easter. My hope is to get a jump start on the pollinator friendly plants.

I thought that I would share some tips on indoor planting that I found on the internet.

  • Make sure you use a larger pot or even cup because these seed grow quick.
  • Make sure the soil temperature is 65-70 degrees. This plant is above a heat vent so these have taken off better than the ones in my kitchen.
  • Water every 2 or 3 days.
  • Wait until it’s above 65 to transplant.

Good Luck šŸ€

I will be getting my 1st set of new bees on April 7th. So look out for some new bee šŸ posts.

Michelle

Project Sunflower

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Summer Bee

I am currently a taking the UME Baltimore City Master Gardener course and last week we talked about pollinators which is one of my favorite topics. It sparked me to look at my garden and what I plant. Last year, I planted sunflowers and theyĀ were great in my garden. I found that sunflowers attracted a myriad of bees and other pollinators.

This year as part of my work with BeeMore, I am going up my game a bit by planting additional sunflowers at different sites. I found some great resources on this and the ongoing Great Sunflower Project.

I will share more on my efforts to support Project Sunflower.

Michelle

 

Viva la Abeja! Long live the Bee!

 

Today, I was pleasantly surprised to find active bees building comb in Hive 1 at the Woodland site.Ā  See video below:

IĀ  only checked because I have been working on the greenhouses at Woodland for the winter season. I have been amazed by the greenhouse results so far. Below are some photos from my other project which is greenhouses. It has been exciting watching the progress.

Thanks for checking out the site and now I will be making at least two bee candy bars!

Michelle šŸ™‚

 

Finally, fall in Baltimore…

The “real” fall has finally arrived in early November in Baltimore. Above are some photos of the Woodland garden from this week and I was lucky enough to have some help from Sophia on Monday.

This week it has been colder than its been all year and damp. I am always commenting (rather complain about) the dampness of Maryland despite growing up in the constant humidity of Miami, when it rains here and it under 50 degrees it’s really cold to me.. So this week when the temperaturesĀ hit 42, I was freezing.

The good news was that we can retire the summer crops but, the bad news was that it meant saying goodbye to some of these plants (the last gasp of my various tomatoes). Over the last few weeks, we moved seedling into the hoop houses at Woodland and we have been preparing the moisture levels in the houses for new plant life. This my first year using hoop housesĀ and I am excited about this project. I will share more photos of the winter oasis.

As for the bees… Not much movement for the last few days because of the dreary weather. Below are two days of photos. I fed the hives and when I thought all was calm, the guard bees on the more active hive let me know they were still around. The other hive was more docile.

Otherwise, I have been working on my indoor business activities and preparations for the winter. Hopefully, the weather does not take a turn for winter soon and the Friday freeze will be brief.

I will keep you updated!

Michelle

Feeding the bees

Last week, we got out to add a new top box and feed the bees. As I mentioned before, yes you have to feed the bees to supplement the what they forage at the garden. Warren,Ā my Mom, and Sophia helped out a great deal with documenting the process. We also had the drone out so, I will add video to the site as a seperateĀ post.

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Drone Sept 2017

The digital SLR photography for this was done by my 11-year-oldĀ Sophia and my Mom (Valerie) took the next set of shots on her iPhoneĀ to add some more perspective. I am very lucky to have so much talent in documenting the process.

 

The new frame feeders are nice and they take around one gallon of bee syrup per hive. It is not a lot but, it’s a good start. In this batch of syrup, I used 1:1 sugar/water mix with essentialĀ oils like (tea tree, lavender, and thymeĀ oil).

I checked on the hives the other day and they were both active and healthy so much so that I could not get close enough to add my feed without the guard bees getting excited. So, I added a half a bottle but had to walk away. I tried to use my dried herb as smoker fuel, it works but does not last as long as the stuff you buy. I think I will mix both and test my results.

I also used the newly painted boxes (I let them air out for 3 weeks), so the site has a bit of art with the new equipment. I will post again soon. Let me know what you think?

Michelle

 

Flight of the drone

 

 

Here are some photos from mid-June 2017, when we 1st installed the hives at the Park Heights Community Health AllianceĀ site on Woodland avenue. I am lucky that my husband Warren (aka Hedgepeth) is a technology enthusiast and took some great photos with his new Mavic Pro drone which gave a bird’s eye view of the day. You can see that I am working on the farm while he flies over and around the hives.

I will include some video on a separateĀ post of the video of him installing the hive earlier in the month.

I thought these photos were neat so I wanted to share!

Michelle

Bee Friendly Plants – My Garden

Here are some pictures from my summer 2017 garden of plants that attract bees and other pollinators.

Pictured above are:

  • Autumn Sunflowers
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • French Lavender
  • Cucumber plants
  • Catmint
  • Lemon Balm, Basil, and other herbs

In the mid-Atlantic, all of my flowers are in full bloom in late July and early August.

Here are some links that I have found helpful in my search for creating a sustainable garden.

I would love to hear more from you, I will add more posts and photos as the summer goes on…

 

 

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