With highs in the 50's and sunshine breaking through the clouds, this beehive was very active all day. Two weeks ago highs were in the teens - you can see the insulation panels still in place around and over the hive. Happy bees!

They have deleted their stores so I have candy fondant in the Vivaldi board atop the hive and today I added the Boardman.

The whole setup is not necessarily pretty, but it got them through winter. :)

We have a reliable system in our chicken run that basically self composts the chicken droppings. However, once a year we need to totally clean it all out. That happened this week. This is the pile of all the composted bedding and poop that came out of the coop, and it was all replaced with two cubic yards of medium bark mulch. We continue to add layers throughout the year so the chicken run is kept sanitary.

I am so ready for Spring. The raised beds are lifeless, covered in snow and everything is too cold. I know that in one month I'll be starting my tomatoes, so now I'm starting to enjoy browsing my gardening catalogs ...  About the only gardening-related thing going on right now is the work I'm doing with my beehives to keep them going through winter. So far, so good.  :)

I was out watering the garden today and when I walked over to the hose cart to turn on the water. I discovered this ... a prelude to invasion... :) 

Here are some photos I got of the girls today. This is my fourth year as a bee keeper and I just couldn't be happier with them. Both hives are very active, and I can just waste many hours sitting outside watching them... Beats having a boring aquarium...

While I do all the vegetable gardening, my wife works the flowers and the flowering shrubs. And she does have a green thumb, as you can readily tell from these pictures... Beautiful work she does...

One of the favorite things I plant in the raised beds each year is the leafy greens mix. This is lettuce, spinach, arugula and mustard greens ... All thriving beneath a garden cloth tunnel in my garden. It's literally a garden buffet line. I start at one end and eat my way down... ;)

I love to use this for sandwiches and salads. It's the best! And even better, I can replant it in late summer for a thriving fall crap

Our security cameras often pick up wildlife - from deer to birds to the occasional bear ... And here ... a whimsical bird!

It's a beautiful day to install bees and to sit out by the hives. Enjoying sunshine and lemon ginger honey tea while watching them do their thing. Love this time of year!!

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