I haven’t mentioned the garden in over a year. That is due in part to the fact that I no longer live on my parents’ property where we keep the 100 square foot garden.
It has been difficult to be a part of the gardening process this year, which I regret. I hope to eventually move into an apartment or house where I can start my own garden again. Despite my lack of involvement, my father has done an incredible job of planting, weeding and harvesting the vegetables this year.
As you can see from the photos, we may have world-record pumpkins to carve this October! On top of managing the garden Dad is in his second year of bee keeping, a project which he and my mother have embraced with enthusiasm.
Today, my father came home for lunch to discover that one of their three hives had swarmed. Swarming is natural in the progression of a bee hive, as it allows the hive to expand and establish additional hives. Unfortunately, for a beekeeper, swarming means losing a large portion of your bees unless you can reclaim them.
So, upon finding one of the bee colonies in a temporary swarm in a nearby tree, my father quickly built up a fourth hive and set about cutting the swarm out of the tree.
It was tricky business, as the bees weren’t terribly fond of the vibration caused by his saw or being tossed about by accident.
Eventually, he was able to cut the largest portion of the colony out of the tree and transfer it to the new hive.
They are settling in as I write this. Keep your fingers crossed!