June in the garden. The plants are growing nicely. Tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, calendula, helichrysum, purple and white assorted lavenders, tomatoes, peppers, sage, oregano, basil, lemon verbena (ahhh, makes the BEST iced tea with honey added!) spinach, hyssop, rosemary, melons, cucumbers, hypericum, lettuce, raspberries and several other plants unnamed. The sunflower is over 8 feet tall!
I planted green beans to grow on the trellis, and they are doing well.
You can see the scrumptious beans clinging to the trellis.
I designed the hexagonal hive and had my friend Chris Grippi, owner of Horizon Builders in Sonoma, CA build it. He did a great job and I am convinced a round environment makes for happier bees!
I bought this composter from Costco for $200 3 weeks ago. I reserve comments for a few more weeks until I get my first batch of compost. It took several hours to put together even though the directions were very clear. There are a lot of parts. Costco includes the stand that you see. It has wheels on it so I can turn the composter every few days quite easily. When ready, I should be able to roll the compost directly to where I need it.
Here are 6 of my 12 hives. All are thriving with little intervention from me. I do not use any chemicals or medications in my hives or in my garden. I leave the honeybees to reproduce and thrive as nature intended with the only exception being the artificial home I've offered them to live in. I am hoping to eliminate all my square box hives in future and just use hexagonal hives. When I inspected the hex-hive, I found lots of gentle, relaxed bees humming happily even with the lid off. When I peeked into my round wicker hive I found those bees to be content and happy as well. When I inspected every square box, I found those bees to be angry and aggressive. I even got stung, which doesn't usually happen. Boy does that hurt!
The wildflowers are as high as an elephant's eye on the other side of the property. I leave it wild. Some people view it as a fire hazard. I see it as a wonderful place for the bees to forage. They LOVE it. Lots of poppies, mustard and other wildflowers to fill their pollen baskets and nectar stomachs.
My vision is to provide the healthiest environment for the survival of the bee.
I am creating this honeybee sanctuary to eventually be able to share with the public bee-education tours and classes along with honey tastings and other bee related activities.
To Protect and Preserve the Honeybee!
I believe Nature flourishes when there is minimum or no interference from human beings.
I have purchased biodynamically grown plants for the garden and I planted many that have great medicinal qualities and those that the bees love.
These plants cost a little more more, but they are worth the extra expense because they have been raised in complete harmony with Nature.
I care for my bees in the most natural way I can, which includes offering them round hives.
Your generous donations will be used to continue my life's journey in protecting and preserving the honeybee as well as all of nature's living things.
And for these donations, I am forever grateful.
Adopt a Drone Bee – $20.00
The male honey bees are called drones. They don't do any work in the hive and have no stinger. Their job is to mate with virgin queens. It is thought that the drone represents the "sense" organ of the colony. With their big eyes and antenna, they receive the the stimulus for the safety and well being of the colony.
Adopt a Worker Bee – $50.00
Worker honey bees are all female and live only 6 to 8 weeks. They do all the work. Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel threatened. They die once they sting. Honey bees communicate with one another by "dancing". Honey bees fly at 15 miles per hour.
Adopt a Queen Bee – $100.00
The queen bee is the largest bee in the hive. She lives for about 2-3 years. The Queen is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and she can lay up to 2000 eggs per day. She is constantly fed and groomed by her "court", the attendant worker bees.
Any amount will go toward realizing the dream of saving the honeybees – Thank you!
Instead of asking the bees, "What can I get out of you?" I ask, "What can I do for you?"