Tonight We Propagate Heathers – Then Drink Scotch!

Well, tis the season for propagating … falalalalalalalalala! It is a beautiful, yet cool, June evening in Ontario and the perfect season for taking stem-tip cuttings of our heathers. Tonight I divided one Sagina subulata ‘Crispy’ (Irish Moss) into seven 3″ rounds. Then mixed up some peat, vermiculite and soil for our Calluna vulgaris. At the moment […] View full article →
May 10, 2015

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introducing the faux post office

Wonder where a days I can get one of those envelope measurerers … View full article →

The very angry post about varroa mites.

We should have gotten to treating for varrora mites last weekend, but seeing as it was my Grammy’s 91st birthday she received all my attention. I love my Grammy. Well we got to it today. Without needing to put the screened bottom board on, our latest check was purely visual with one frame with 10 mites. […] View full article →
April 14, 2015

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Transitions

Dan: Our plan today was to check up on The Cottage Bees and Wendy’s Bees to see if we could transfer a brood frame and add it to the weak hive. First hive to work on was The Cottage Bees. We removed all the tar paper and the cedar insulation on top. On first inspection […] View full article →
April 11, 2015

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Cleaning House

Dan: I returned today to transfer the hive to a NUC box. I prepped the NUC box at home and brought everything with me to Joe’s. Once I reached the hive I noticed that the entrance reducer had fallen off and the hive was over exposed. I prepped all the equipment and opened the hive. […] View full article →
April 04, 2015

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Spring Bee Clean-up con’td …

Our ‘cottage’ hives are going strong despite the set back from us putting sugar syrup on way too early (a few days later it went down to -17C; wonder what the effects were on the sugar and whether the freezing point dropped with such a concentration of sugar:water 1:1?).  But now that the temperature is […] View full article →
April 03, 2015

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Winter Losses

Today I just had a quick look at the hive from the outside. Maureen’s bees where definitely doing well. Our bees seemed to be very inactive on the outside, which is most likely due the lack of time we spent at this hive. Maureen said that our hive had a lot of feces on the outside […] View full article →
March 22, 2015

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Spring Bee Clean-up

First day of spring and it just so happens to be feeding time for the bees. FYI, make sure that it is a warm sunny day as to not shock the bees due to cold. First things first, we need to clean the bottom boards of dead bees. The process is simple, lift the hive […] View full article →

Gàidhlig agus luibh-eòlas: A = ailm, the Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra)

Exploring the connections between plants and the Scottish Gaelic language. In this post we explore the first letter of the gàidhlig alphabet: A. View full article →

GÀIDHLIG AGUS LUIBH-EÒLAS

Scottish Gaelic and Botany Scottish Gaelic is spoken by about 87,000 people in Scotland (Alba), mainly in the Highlands (a’ Ghaidhealtachd) and in the Western Isles (Na h-Eileanan an Iar), but also in Glasgow (Glaschu), Edinburgh (Dùn Eideann) and Inverness (Inbhir Nis). There are also small Gaelic-speaking communities in Canada, particularly in Nova Scotia (Alba […] View full article →