Fish Amino Acids (FAA) Update

I visited the two buckets of FAA today – they’re nicely tucked away in the cool, dark basement. Amazing how it doesn’t smell awful or even fishy at all, since it’s just fish and sugar, and some apples. The apple smell dominates, along with a sweet fermented smell. The top of one had a lot […]

Mushroom!

A quick update on Queen Bianca: alas, she is no more, but her daughter, whom I have named Laura, made her appearance and was laying eggs. She looked good enough to kiss! For now, a photo reportage of a find today in our front yard (“down there,” we call it), in a spot twenty feet […]

Swarming/Swarmed?

On Thursday I enjoyed no less than three hours visiting my four hives. The idea was to inspect, do a varroa mite sugar roll and assess if the bees need treatment, check for swarming, and assess which hive(s) I could split. Hive 1 (Italian Queen: Borgia), was doing well: good population, all types of brood, […]