Friday, 14 August 2009

We have Bees again!

Yes finally thanks to a generous german man we have bees in our bonnet once again. It's been a long 8 months without their presence in the garden. I'm gradually transferring them to a "peoples" hive which seems a more humane and natural hive as opposed to the langstroths and nationals they are usually crammed into.
Soon as winter comes i should have some more time to write about natural beekeeping but for now have a look at BioBees courtesy of the Barefoot Beekeeper!

As i'm sure everyone knows bees aren't doing too well and whereas everything from gm crops to mobile phones have been blamed i think it's a combination of factors but probably pesticides and mainly the use of modern bee hives and practices which are closer to factory farming than most keepers will admit...

With Rose selling lots of salves at the market it's also good to begin to be self sufficient-ish in beeswax.

Hooray hooray!

Monday, 10 August 2009

Great Grapes

well our 3 year old vine in the tunnel is now producing some nice grapes, i've carefully watched over it, misted, fertilised and pollinated with a bit of rabbit fur..
they've gone from this:

To this:

and yes they do taste amazing!