Bone Lake Meadows Apiary Blog

making the planet a better place one hive at a time.

Under the Apples Trees September 21, 2011

Filed under: organic orchard — dronedude @ 6:51 am

Oh you got to love Mother Nature’s sense of humor.Just when you are in one of the best stretch of warm ,sunny bee weather all year-long, she throws down the first frost of the year. Perfect icing for what has been a very unsettled honey season. The proverbial dagger thru my unripe tomatoes hearts. The iron clad freeze slammed the door shut on what was a very good goldenrod, sunflower and aster nectar flow way before its time was up.
I checked one of our orchard yards in the valley the other day.Even with all the shaky weather of late, I was very happy to see that all the hives had done their due diligent duties and packed in lots of winter stores in nectar and pollen. We don’t do supplement sugar syrup feeding for our bees so I was very happy to see that all these orchard hives had answered the bell and took nectar hording to a whole new level.
We got a few more yards to check in the upcoming weeks and we are hoping to see the same productive heavy honey hives.
In the meantime,fall is a great time to get out to your local farmers markets and take home the seasonal harvest you will find there.

 

dandelion represent! May 7, 2010

Filed under: food sources,organic orchard — queen frederica @ 11:28 pm

To some folks out there, like my father, this picture will drive you insane – or at least to the store to grab a big bottle of weed killer. I never really understood what was so bad about dandelions, but maybe it’s because they are in the daisy family (my favorite flowers of all time).  It’s not like I loved them or anything, just didn’t really think they were worth killing. This year, however, was a little different… There may or may not have been fist pumps or smiles when I spotted the first dandelion of 2010.

dandelion fields forever

For the honeybees it represents the first nectar flow. Dandelions offer much pollen and nectar. This means they can start collecting fresh food to build up their dwindling supply from winter. Once the bees know these are in bloom, it tells them ‘game on, summer is here’ and they start work for the season.

As of mid April, Mike would no loner let me walk barefoot in the grass due to all the bees working the dandelions. What is summer without shoeless wandering and laying in the grass?? At least now we’ve got the fruit trees (above) and wild mustard in bloom.

Alright folks, fear Roundup, not the dandelion! It brings you honey : )

 

Branching Out April 14, 2010

Filed under: organic orchard — queen frederica @ 9:30 pm

Out of all the new and exciting things happening this spring, I’ve got to say that having the opportunity to work in an organic orchard is definitely up there. We are happy to say  we’ve added some hives Wild Fruit Farms up in Taylors Falls, MN.

I can’t decide what’s better; the fact that it’s family-run or certified organic. It’s like a mini vacation each time we go up there. Both the kids and the bees seem to be happily foraging around in the springtime bliss .