Things have been quiet at our house, lately. We've been doing a bit of cycling, in preparation for our BORP fundraising ride, working on small projects, and generally enjoying the garden.
I continue to stalk the green bees in our back yard.
They are frustratingly flighty, never staying still for more than an instant.
We're harvesting lots of kale, trading lemons across the fence with one set of neighbors (we have Meyers, they probably have Lisbon or Eurekas), and scooping up windfall apples from the other neighbors' apple tree. We eat them pan fried with butter and cinnamon, the chickens enjoy the wormier bits.
Our Scarlet Runner beans seem to be winding down. I'm not seeing many more flowers. The garden continues to be a mystery. All the lettuce I planted this year bolted before it was even two inches tall. We fail at lettuce, but can grow kale like nobody's business. Beans do well, if the snails don't mow them down. We've also got some volunteer tomatoes chugging along. I didn't plant them, because of my nightshade allergies, but I decided to let them grow, because they were doing so very well. I wonder if they'll actually ripen?
I've been struggling with really low energy, of late. One manifestation of this is a sorry lack of attention to our beehives. On Saturday, I finally inspected the Magnolia hive, and created some serious chaos in our backyard in the process. Procrastination does tend to lead to chaos. You'd think I'd have learned this by now.
The bees had done a pretty dandy job of building wax and propolis "bridges" between all of their comb, so pulling things apart resulted in a fair amount of damage to the internal structure of the hive. No kidding. The propolis was stronger than the glue and nails holding the wooden frames together. I had a devil of a job, untangling that mess.
I got the hive tidied up, did our usual crush-and-strain method of harvest (sticky but low tech) and in the end we harvested almost twelve pounds of honey from that one colony. We'll rinse wax, and use that liquid to make a batch of mead.
Overall, I would say that this was a good week in the garden. If you're curious to see what other gardeners around the globe are up to, swing on over to Daphne's blog.