Archive | April, 2009

A beehive for The Józef

8 Apr

Tomorrow, two bee packages arrive from B. Weaver Apiaries and my father-in-law, “The Józef,” is ready. Fortunately for him, these girls speak Polish.

A very special paint job for the Jozef's new bees

A very special paint job for the Jozef's new bees


Ready for bees

Ready for bees

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The Great Rosemary Bloom

6 Apr

I moved to Albuquerque for the rosemary. Unlike Chicago, here you can grow rosemary outdoors, harvesting its resiny leaves 12 months a year for your polenta and scones and garlicky lamb.

And if Winter was wet enough but not TOO wet, rosemary shrubs in Albuquerque will bloom each Spring like a cloud of violets drawing bees from miles around.

Honeybee and rosemary

Honeybee and rosemary

Watering Your Bees

3 Apr

Bees need water too, especially here in the desert Southwest.

I keep a bright blue birdbath filled with water and rocks which enable my girls to drink their fill without drowning. It’s only April and already there are 10-20 bees siphoning water at any given time.

Bee drinking from a bird bath

Bee drinking from a bird bath

Longtime city beeks tell me that mostly any water source will do, but make sure it’s not treated or otherwise chemically altered. Pools and artificial ponds, for example, are NOT a safe source so unless you have a rustic creek in your backyard, your best bet is to provide a supplemental water source most of the year.

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