So today's post is purely for my own record-keeping benefit. One of the things I've resolved to take more notes on is phenological events. Eventually, my hope is to put together some sort of yearly beekeeping calendar of activities that is based on events rather than on calendar months because, goodness knows, the weather can be dramatically different from year to year.
The first snowdrop sighting this year was at the end of January, and I've seen lots of daffodils coming up. However, within the last week, signs of spring have been popping up all around. One morning, I let the dog out and was greeted by the music of geese honking as they winged their way back north. Wednesday, my first chipmunk and robin spottings occurred.
Yesterday, we had a fantastic day over 50 deg. F. I just couldn't stand being in the house and skipped out on the work I was supposed to be doing in favor of performing some veg garden clean-up/prep. I was thinking of starting my cool weather veggies in a couple of weeks, but the ground in my raised beds was already soft and workable. In fact, some spinach that was planted last fall (but which was mostly eaten by the deer) was already volunteering! I guess it's time to ramp things into high gear around here! (BTW, instead of getting any work done, I ended up planting 4 1/2 out of 5 beds and starting a tray of flowers indoors. Then I played tag and jumped on the trampoline with my kids.)
|This spinach is a cheery sight.|
BTW, the bees greatly enjoyed the sunshine, too. My 6 colonies were all outside buzzing and interestedly investigating my blue shirt. They were all over the garden soil, too, which seemed curious. Perhaps they were looking for minerals or moisture. Oddly enough, Austeja (the only hive with a window) was also dumping all the sugar I gave her out of the combs and onto the hive floor. I don't know what that's about, but ok. Obviously, they're active, and they can reach the sugar if they need it, so starvation is no longer a concern really.