June 13, 2018

About a week ago, I noticed a few fennel sprigs missing on each plant. The neighboring dill wasn’t touched, just the fennel. I didn’t see any tracks and the only critters I’ve seen in the garden are toads and birds. My son installed over 2,000 8-inch wooden skewers aro...

June 1, 2018

Beginning May 18, 2018, with a freshly tilled canvas of soil, the trellises, including the bottle gourd “arch,” were the first items to go into the garden before creating the fencing. Once those were staked in place, rebar stakes were added around the perimeter at four...

May 16, 2018

I’ve learned this one the hard way – make sure granulated fertilizer is dry so that spreaders can spread it.

I wondered why the fertilizer bags were leaking a watery, brown substance when I recently moved one off the top of the other in my garage. It was raining the day...

We often get asked, how do I tell if I have a queen, because I can't find her?


If you cannot find your queen, don't worry, we rarely see her anyways. The best way to tell if she is ok, is by looking for signs of her. If you have eggs in the bottoms of cells somewhere...

May 2, 2018

My peppy steps to check on my plants and to plant a few more peppers came to a grinding halt today when the greenhouse keeper stopped me at the door and said, “We have thrips.”

Thrips are tiny insects (note thrips is always plural, even if talking about one) that suck t...

April 27, 2018

Warmer weather is finally here and members of the Kalamazoo County 4-H Bee & Pollinator Club are busy learning the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and planting milkweed seeds to help increase the population of this beautiful insect.

During the regular fourth Tuesday...

April 26, 2018

Question: What happens if I have to have someone else pick my NUC up, but they are unwilling to install it?

Answer: If you must leave the bees in the NUC for any length of time, you will need to OPEN the little door on the front of the NUC. This will allow the bees to c...

April 20, 2018

As you can see, almost everything is sprouting!

The tomatoes are already 3 inches tall in just 20 days and are a little bent over from watering - they’ll perk right up. All but the peppers look great which means I’ll be off to the store tomorrow for more pepper seeds. I...

April 20, 2018

Sooo, what are you supposed to do with stranded waterbirds? Do you know? Loons and grebes can accidentally land on roads, parking lots, and other reflective surfaces (usually at night), because they mistake them for open water. These birds can't get back into the air,...

March 30, 2018

As promised in my last post, I started my garden today. Here is a list of what I planted in a series of plug trays in the controlled environment of a greenhouse:

12 Sun Gold Tomatoes

12 Big Boy Tomatoes

12 Honeybunch Tomatoes

30 Sweet Peppers

8 Red Onion

7 White Onion

23 Geno...

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