Love Is In The Air

Spicebush Swallowtail Courtship Some butterflies have shown up at last.  Not as many as I would like to see though.  There were dozens of Eastern Tiger Swallowtails in past years, but only two or three of them this year.  I’ve seen some Swallowtail caterpillars but they disappeared a couple of days after.  I think the birds... Continue Reading →

Newcomers

The New Bees On the Block Since I started keeping honeybees I have been more conscious about which new plants I put in the garden.  I check to see whether it can be a good food source for the bees or not.  I have been adding more herbs and wild flowers lately.  It seems to work well.... Continue Reading →

Helping Monarchs And Other Pollinators

Growing Milkweed I forgot about an article I had read on the effort to rescue the Monarch butterflies from extinction.   Setting the Table for a Regal Butterfly Comeback, With Milkweed by Michael Wines in The New York Times on 12/20 may be old news but it is still good news for pollinators, and the Monarchs specifically.... Continue Reading →

Bees On My Mind

Their Well Being Winter is not just a time to look through plant catalogs but also the time to plan for spring beekeeping.   As much as I don't like 50º F in January, following -6º F days, it has taken a heavy load off my chest.  Last week the temperature had dropped to -6ºF... Continue Reading →

Beneficial Insects

Natural Pest Control Many people have been asking me how I deal with insect control in the garden since I don’t use pesticide.  It required a few years of organic gardening, but the eco system in our garden has come back into balance.  The first couple of years were a little difficult since the pest insects... Continue Reading →

The Disappearing Monarchs

Soon To Be Extinct An article in the Opinion Page of The New York Times last Sunday didn’t make me feel good about the direction of our environment.  The article 'The Year the Monarch Didn't Appear' by Jim Robbins mentioned that the population of the Monarch butterfly has dwindled so much  that not many of them have... Continue Reading →

New Butterflies

Two Newcomers One fun thing I've been doing every year is to look for new life forms in the garden.  I find there are always newcomers every year and the variety seems to increase year after year.  I guess they see our garden as their sanctuary as much as we do.  We provide the basic... Continue Reading →

Disappearing Monarch

Heading Toward Extinction? An article in The New York Times yesterday entitled Monarch Migration Plunges To Lowest Level in Decades by Michael Wines leaves me saddened and disappointed.  Though the article mentioned that it's "due mostly to extreme weather and a change in farming practices in North America."  It doesn't matter whether it is caused by the... Continue Reading →

Flowers For Bees

Something I Overlooked: This year will be my second year as a beekeeper and hopefully I will do a better job than my freshman year.  At this moment I just hope the bees survive this roller coaster winter.  I know there are still some bees in the hive since I've seen dead bees on fresh... Continue Reading →

November Garden

After being Beat Up By Two Storms A little over a week after Hurricane Sandy rolled over our area, a Nor'easter rolled right in and brought us 6" of snow over night.  After the storm cleared, the temperature slowly creeped up to mid 60° F, and then the rain hit today.  Not much left of... Continue Reading →

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