Being Kept by the Bees

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It’s official: we have decided we want to take the plunge and run a small commercial apiary.  We want to be professional beekeepers. Well, we call ourselves beekeepers but really the bees keep… Continue reading

Mead & Beeswax

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Several weeks ago we harvested honey from our hive for the first time.  Not wanting to waste anything, we kept what was left after straining the honeycomb.  This leftover mix of wax and… Continue reading

Hiving the Swarm

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Ten days after catching our first swarm, we decided to check on them and if they were doing ok move them into their permanent home (they were housed in a bait hive temporarily… Continue reading

First Honey Harvest & Hive Split

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Last week was monumental for the small, but growing, Humpy Creek Apiary: in one fell swoop we executed our first honey harvest and first hive split.  It should be noted at this point… Continue reading

Anniversary Bees: Catching Our First Swarm!

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We usually take the “scenic route” down a quiet dirt road when we drive into town, but yesterday I had to take the highway because the ute had very little petrol in it… Continue reading

Swarm Trappin’ & Bee Baitin’: Langstroth Bait Hive

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We’ve had a single beehive for around a year now.  We adore bees (and looking after them) so it’s time to take the next step and expand the apiary. Ideally we would like… Continue reading

Minigreens Make Way For Carrots!

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Back in March, we discovered the joys of “minigreens” (basically scattering salad green and herb seeds willy nilly, allowing them to grow in a thick mat, then harvesting while young and juicy).  There… Continue reading

4 Tips for Keeping Chickens

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We’ve decided to work with the “5 tips” formula for another 4 posts to make a total of 5 posts with a descending number of tips to rethink or hasten that move to your… Continue reading

Sauerchard a Winner!

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We have been lactofermenting almost anything edible we can find in the garden.  Aside from anything else, it means we get to it before the chooks or slugs do. Some of the ferments… Continue reading

The Heartbreak of a Broken Lens & Dewy Flower Macros

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I am, at best, an enthusiastic amateur photographer with very limited technical skills.  In fact, I’m such an amateur that ten days ago I dropped my most useful lens (18-55mm) and busted it.… Continue reading