Just a bit of an update (2011 - my missing blog year)
Just to let you know a bit more about what I was up to whist I was unable to blog during 2011. Well you might remember that when I'd last posted you back then, we had just been given the grant for the bees. We got funding for hives, bees and suits. Myself and another plot holder Pete both took charge of a hive each, with spare parts to expand with another hive this year. 2011 went rather well, and the bees flourished. We didn't take any honey off them, deciding to leave it for them to over winter on. It looked like they had come through the winter ok, my hive was very active during the week in March that was unseasonably warm, Pete's didn't seem to be as active. We had a visit from the BeeBase Inspector in April and he confirmed that Pete's had Nosema and wasn't likely to survive. Nosema Apis reduces the lifespan of infected bees, increases winter mortality and reduces spring build up. My hive on the other hand was going really well, "a lovely colony" he said. Well what I need now is a nice warm day when I can open the hive up and do a spring check. I will then decide if I am going to expand and create a second colony, not sure if I'm brave enough for this...
A couple of pictures here for you of the bee set up.
Hi I'm Katy,I'm a single mother in her mid (erm late) 30's who has had the wonderful world of grow your own introduced to her. How it all started - well in the summer of 2009 I managed to get myself an allotment (rather overgrown) and spent most of that year trying to educate myself about the world of fruit and vegetables through trial and error, blogs and magazines and tried to get my lottie into a nice 'working' plot so that I can somehow be more self sufficient. Samson was my Dog, sadly he took the trip across Rainbow Bridge in August 2011. There is no Delilah but I thought it sounded better than Katy, well it sounded a little different, when I decided to name my blog after Samson LOL. So here we are, present day, errors have been made and learnt from, and through blogging and videoing I'm hoping to learn from all of this and share my experiences with all my fellow plotters out there. Hope you enjoy the journey.
Down at my allotment there are vegetables and flowers,
I planted every one of them and stay there hours and hours,
I have a little shed where I can make a cup of tea,
Down at my allotment is the only place for me.
Carrots, Cauliflowers, Onions and Beans,
Courgettes, Brussels sprouts, Squash and Wintergreens,
Tulips, Daffodils, Marigolds and Phlox
Sunflowers, Violets, Daisy’s, Hollyhocks.