Sunday, August 23, 2009

Not so smooth landing I made this weekend.

My wife and I went flying this weekend. She recorded the landing and once we reviewed the video at home, it looked like we were in a NASCAR crash. At any rate the landing was not all that bad. I am sure the bees do better than this though.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Yes that is a trash can. I built my 4 frame extractor using a new food safe trash can for the body of the device. I have an earlier post on the project if interested. It works great.
I really like the old cast iron honey gate (another antique). Works fine.

This is my set up that I have prior to going to my apiary to rob the hives. I have a 16 ft trailer attached to my tractor that I do all of the dirty work, I do not care if I get some honey on the trailer.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Honey Sells

We processed our cucumbers into dill pickles. Awesome!

I know it is unorthodox but it works fine for me.
This frame was only 50% capped, I did not extract this but thought it would give a good photo of the difference of capped and uncapped honey. The uncapped honey (in the lower half of the frame) contains too much moisture to extract and may spoil. You really need to extract only honey that is capped (unless you are a comercial operation and have a way to monitor and control moisture.

Zucchini (I think that is how you spell it)

Ok, this water mellon decided to grow on the fence, so I built a sling for it so it would not fall. My wife thought this was funny.

The word is now out that I have bees and honey and most folks really enjoy the fact that this is a local product and is good for their seasonal allergies. The garden has done well this year, in fact I just ate watermellon. (Delicious). Check out the photos of the garden.

Monday, August 3, 2009

August Honey

This past week (July 29) I extracted honey from two of my fathers hives (7 gallons) and from 2 of my hives (4.5 gallons). This honey is a little darker from the spring honey earlier this year. At any rate, the honey has a good taste.