Delicious Kombucha

April 28, 2010

It’s full of B-complex vitamin, is slightly fizzy, and has a refreshing bite to it when it is done well. It usually goes pretty fast, so I make about 2 gallons at a time.

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Grass fed candles

April 24, 2010

Yesterday I gave it a try, and made a small pot of wax out of 2 parts tallow and 1 part beeswax.

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Honeybee journal entry

April 23, 2010

Here is what I found in today’s inspection: Tango hive:  (new top bar hive) Humid inside!  I need to drill some ventilation holes in the bottom, and maybe another entrance hole.  There is comb drawn on 7 bars, 5 of which are completely drawn.  Some capped honey is on the end, but otherwise it’s relatively […]

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Chicken tractors for ducks

April 21, 2010

Our current design for portable pens

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Goslings spotted today!

April 21, 2010

Three bright, neon-green goslings had climbed on top of their mom who was still sitting on the nest. It takes 31 days for goose eggs to hatch, and there they were.

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Splitting the beehive

April 16, 2010

My goal has been to keep about 6 beehives.  Last year I started with 2, ended with 1, and learned a ton about beekeeping.  That one hive is doing great, and there’s still about 3-4 weeks left on the major spring “bloom”, so it’s a good time to split the hive before it swarms.  The […]

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Exploding population in the beehive

April 14, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, I inspected my beehive. The maple trees have been in full bloom for the past few weeks, and the bees have definitely made the most of it.

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Installing Packaged Bees into a Top Bar Hive

April 13, 2010

The queens came in individual cages, and ran $20 each if you just wanted to re-queen your hive. The whole family was along with me when we got them, and we all got to see how they were delivered. The queen that I bought was in a tiny wooden box like this, only it was […]

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150 lbs. of romaine lettuce

April 9, 2010

Yesterday afternoon I made my usual stop at Top Of The Hill Quality Produce to pick up their discarded greens.

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How to stack a woodpile

April 8, 2010

Often the woodpile starts out in the gap between two conveniently located trees….

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