Minding My Own Beeswax

Making beeswax from recycled materials. https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2017/07/23/minding-my-own-beeswax/

Making honey is no small feat for a bee.  Foraging bees must first visit many flowers to collect nectar.  Then, it is brought to the hive where a worker bee takes the nectar and places it in one of the openings in the specially prepared comb.   Bees then fan the nectar with their wings to remove as much … Read more

Bee Update

I haven’t posted much on the bees this summer, but I’m glad to report that all is well. I started the spring with one very strong hive.  This was one of the original hives I started with three years ago.  I decided in early spring to split the hive which means I took several frames … Read more

Bee Stuff

The warm(ish) winter and spring have really jump started the bee hives. I went into winter with 2 hives.  Both hives had ample honey stores and were strong going into winter but one didn’t survive.  I’m not sure why.  Many experienced beekeepers in the area lost hives this winter so I wasn’t alone.  Most blamed the … Read more

Dear Journal

Dear Journal, It’s been a while since I’ve written.  I’m not sure why I’ve not written because things have happened.  I have been busy.  My life is busy.   I haven’t had a chance to put anything in words.  Allen and I are always talking about this and how our attempts to slow down never happen.  We don’t want … Read more

Sweet Rewards

Last Sunday, my dad and I inspected the hives to check the honey production.  It was a hot, sunny afternoon and the bees were happy and paying no attention to us. The super we’ve been watching has filled up slowly over the past several weeks.   Here’s a frame from a couple of weeks ago. I was … Read more

And Before You Know It,

the month of May is gone and my plants have come to life. The garden is waiting patiently for the rain to let up.  We’ve had over 13 inches of rain this month with more to come this weekend.  My lettuce is looking very yummy but I sink trying to get to it. This past winter … Read more

Springtime in the Ozarks

I love that we have four distinct seasons in the Ozark Mountains. If I had to pick my favorite, though it would be spring. The pear trees and and the peach trees are full of blooms.   Golden alexander or Zizia (isn’t that a fun name?) and the ‘Butter and Egg’ daffodils are making a … Read more