Bees

Back in May I bought 3 nucs, ire pick up spot was about an hour away, 15 minutes into the drive the rain started dumping down. Ended up pulling off the interstate under an overpass and put the 3 nucs in the front seat of the truck, not real excited about that.

Later however the rain slowed enough for me to put them in their new homes but they weren’t happy about it!

Peaches

I’ve gotten really behind publishing here.

But anyway several years ago I planted 2 peach trees, a couple of times a peach was was seen growing and then it disappeared. It’s been about 3 years since seeing any sign of a peach. I was contemplating cutting down the trees in the near future but while harvesting raspberries that grow under the peach trees I turned around and to my amazement what did I see? A big old fat peach!

Didn’t get many, just 5 if you don’t count the one I ate, but finally got something!

Bees

I like giving this to my bees through the winter because it’s not in the hive, I do use patties in the hive some but other things lay eggs in them if the bees don’t eat it fast enough. Sugar water can freeze and chill the bees too much too I think but with this they can get it if they are flying, it has to be under cover so rain and wind doesn’t get to it.

You do need to put things like rocks in with the substitute pollen so the bees can clean themselves off before flight.

Hay

If you have livestock make sure you are ready for the winter. I picked up my last load but if it hadn’t been pre arranged I couldn’t have gotten any.

Even though I only got 50 bales all the local hay sellers were out, I’m sure it could be found but would probably cost much more than normal. It is important to have relationships with those that sell hay because they are more likely to sell to you when they are low if they know you.

Apple Trees

I have had several semi dwarf apple trees that were purchased from a major nursery and they all failed.

They normally last a few years and either break off where they were grafted or just fall over, this year they all fell.

Earlier I had them staked with the orange screw in tent stakes but they didn’t work so I cut some 2x4s.

I was going to drive the stakes in then drill the holes to avoid breaking the stakes but it was a day of failure, my cordless drill wouldn’t turn the bit even though it had before and my corded drill wouldn’t let me tighten the chuck even though it turned.

Ended up using a hand drill which was a pain horizontally that close to the ground.

Staking trees generally isn’t very good for them because it doesn’t encourage strong root growth since the tree doesn’t have to hold itself up but if I ever bought Apple trees again I would stake them and just accept that they will always be staked.

I am going to try to grow some trees that aren’t grafted from cuttings and see how they do.

Hitchhikers

The cold frame is going pretty well. After a week or so below freezing it warmed up quickly to around 60 F, every time we have rapid temperature change it rains a lot. Finally got to some chores with the chickens.

Earlier I mentioned how good it was to have a decent cart, problem is sometimes you pick up hitchhikers.