Great news on the honey bee front, Glenn had good success with his queen breeding program. He bred five new queens last summer, one was a replacement for a new queen we had bought last spring which didn’t survive and the other four he used to start new nucs. He overwintered these nucs and now he is moving those up into hives. We are very excited about this new development because it allows us not to rely on buying bee stock, and we may start selling nucs locally next spring. The bees seem strong; all hives survived the winter; therefore, he has doubled our hives. We are now up to eight hives. The hum is electric around our bee yard!
We have begun our spring planting with cabbage, broccoli , kohlrabi, and cauliflower transplants that I grew from seed now in the ground. I believe they are the best looking I have grown in four years; hope the final product is as tasty as the plant is good looking. Also have onion, leeks, fennel, beets, carrots, chard and kale seeds planted, as well as potatoes. The tomato, pepper, basil and eggplant starts are looking good, and will be ready to pot up soon. Many more plants and seeds to get in the ground, but off to a good start. I will have tomato, pepper and basil starts available for sale this year; lots of tomato varieties. I am looking forward to that first taste of the sun-drenched tomato; truly one of the great pleasures in life.
Just finished planting our mini vineyard with cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon; since rain is supposedly coming tonight, we decided to get those in the ground today rather than waiting until the weekend. Now we can focus on getting the posts in the ground this weekend. We are excited about this new project even though it will take three years before we can experiment with making our own wine. Lots of reading up on how to manage an organic vineyard; I do enjoy a challenge.
And, just in case you were concerned that we might be getting bored this season, no worries because we are going to build our farm shed and greenhouse ourselves. The shed/solar greenhouse is designed, the layout is squared up and the holes are dug for our pole barn construction shed. Not bad for a Saturday’s work. A sense of accomplishment and a solid deep sleep. And that is a weekend on the farm.