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peas and bees

May 12, 2011

this week our bees finally arrived from california (delayed almost a month because of weather). on tuesday we installed them in their new homes — dumping a box of bees into each hive, and then carefully releasing the queen out of her cage to join them. i’m thrilled to be keeping bees again, and have been making daily visits to the hives to watch the bees come and go. i’ll give them a week to get settled in before opening the hives to make sure each queen is laying eggs.

on the vegetable front, many of our transplants are starting to look at home in their beds, and the peas, arugula and cilantro we direct seeded have germinated and are growing quickly. flea beetles have suddenly appeared, so we’re rushing to cover our little pac choi, radishes, turnips and arugula with row cover before their leaves are devoured by those tiny black beasts. the currants are blooming, apples will soon, and the asparagus is up — nothing like a few 80 degree days to jump-start spring!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2011 9:07 pm

    Thea! Rebecca, formerly of SPIN. So nice to come across your gardening blog. I must have seen it on Facebook. I book marked it and just now came back to it. So lovely! I’m looking forward to ready more. I started a garden blog recently too… although much more beginner level. Hope all is well!

  2. thea maria permalink*
    June 4, 2011 9:11 am

    thanks rebecca. i’d love to check out your blog too.

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