Saturday, April 23, 2011

Queen Rearing update

The first weeks efforts was a failure due to the queen from the breeding stock hive managing to end up in the (supposedly!) queen-less hive with the grafted queen cups (don't ask how!!) Have now made a second attempt to do the same process.  Else where the drought is worrying me, I am using the well we opened up last year to water where needed and we still have stocks of rainwater from the winter.  We watered the (over 200!) new trees in the wood yesterday with rainwater from home (the soil there was still remarkably moist under the mulch of leaves.  We have our first tomato flowers in the solar greenhouse and baby courgettes on the outdoor (under cloches) courgettes.  Loving it!!

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