Year end wrap up

After a long and spectacular fall, winter weather finally arrived in full force.  On Monday morning at 9:30 am, it was 68 degrees.  By 1:30 pm, it was 23 degrees.  Temps were sub-zero Wednesday night and we got our first real snow of the season this week.  Going from highs Read more…

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Slovenian Bee Geeking

When my wife and I got married, I was finishing up graduate school and our “honeymoon” consisted of driving a car and a pickup truck pulling a U-Haul trailer from Montana to Vermont in 3 days.  So, after 25 years, it was time to take a real vacation and the Read more…

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August inspections

We’ve had a beautiful summer with no long stretches of extremely hot weather but we’ve some impressive downpours.  This past week, we got over an inch of rain in less than an hour.  As Diana says, it’s been more like a Montana summer than a Colorado one.   The gardens have Read more…

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The gift of gardening

When I was a kid growing up in Rhode Island, my dad had a vegetable garden in our backyard.  The most fun thing about that was in the fall after everything was harvested and it was just bare dirt.  My brother and I would turn it into a battlefield of Read more…

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Clover 4 Luck

When I was growing up, my grandparents had a summer home on Echo Lake in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  It was an idyllic place on a dirt road surrounded by fields of wildflowers and woods.  The view was much like that from the postcard below taken just up the Read more…

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Mid-summer update

We had dinner with some friends last night who live in Singapore now, but are back in town for a few weeks.  They were asking how the bees were and that they follow my blog from Singapore.  I thought wow, that’s so cool that someone on another continent follows what Read more…

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New bees for 2014

Last Saturday, I spent the morning passing out bee packages for Tim Brod of Highland Honey Bees.  We passed out almost 500 packages to buyers of all shapes and sizes.  My favorites were the kids who would come with their parents.  Some of them were really into it and others Read more…

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The most wonderful time of the year!

No, it’s not Christmas (sorry Andy Williams), it’s Springtime! For beekeepers, it’s a time of swarms, splits, new bees and hives.  For gardeners, it’s a time for cleanup, plantings, new gardens and watching the rebirth of nature. This year, I’m adding another hive, same style as the other (Hardison Top Read more…

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Waiting and wondering

Last weekend was fairly mild, so I decided to take advantage of the nice weather to open up the hive and check on the girls.  From the outside, I’ve been watching them bring in pollen and everything was looking hunky-dory.  But even with a window on the side of the Read more…

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