Tuesday, 3 July 2007

The Rainy Season

Well it seems that cornwall has a monsoon season i wasen't aware of!! "it's been 2 or 3 weeks now of constant, endless rain, the wettest june on record or so i hear.. This constant moisture has really impacted on the project. First theslugs are at epidemic proportions eating everything in sight.
The moisture in the air means it's perfect weather for blight to spread, all the potatoes have it as do the tomatoes(related species) I can only pray that the weather will shift.
It's a sign of the times I suppose, as our climate changes so must we. It makes me think more and more of planting trees and shrubs which are edible. Less hassle, more productive and the slugs won't eat them..(unless they evolve along with us!)
So yes things are gloomy and yes i'm gloomy as are the bees who can't get out to the flowers in this weather. They are a bit grumpy at the moment so i'm leaving them alone!
But ever since the swarm happened a few weeks ago the 2 colonies seem to be doing ok.
Here's a pic of the swarm in a hawthorn tree:

They are now rehoused in their new "top bar hive" this is a more natural hive design which gives the bees the freedom to build comb to the size and shape they require, itmeans less honey for me but more wax and more importantly happy bees.

here's a link to some info on natural beekeeping:
Bio bees
So i've decided to stick with only 5 boxes a week due to the slug presence in the area. Hopefully this will change in the coming weeks. I've got to start thinking of winter crops now, something i havent grown much of.
more soon..

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