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My first year as a beekeeper didn't wind down to a productive, fulfilling end as I had hoped - and even come to expect along the way.
Rather, it came to an abrupt, tragic end a couple of weeks ago when I noticed no activity at the hive.
Having torn out the main garden and the pretty white pickets that have bordered it for the past 10 years, I'm now starting to build the raised beds in that same area.
I started seeds with great enthusiasm back in late February, early March ... and then it was over. Here, you can see that the main garden, save one lonely artichoke plant, is totally gone. The tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, beans, etc.
Oh yes, I love this. I didn't plant it only to mill into flour but also, because I am curious and I like shiny bright multi-colored things. And this corn has not disappointed!
I have a TON of these beautiful pepperoncinis coming on. I bought them from Burpee on a whim and they are growing into beautiful three-foot-tall pepper bushes just LOADED with peppers.
Here's a photo I got when inspecting the beehive a few days ago ... my little worker gals are busy as ... well, bees - and they are doing what they do best - producing and storing honey.
Took a break from the gardens today and smoked a bunch of salmon. I usually marinate the salmon in a brine but this time, I decided to try a dry brine method and it worked perfectly!
I think it's just a natural step. I've been a gardener my whole life (thanks, Mom!). I've always seen bees buzzing around my plants and I've always known that more bees would only be a better thing - not a bad thing.