Monday, April 25, 2011

1st Sting T-Shirt contest - Blog Giveaway

We were accosted in parking lots. We were snickered at by friends.
Finally, we were congratulated for joining the ranks of S3BS (Stung by Bee Beekeeper Society)

So by popular request or out of sheer craziness we have decided to hold a 1st Sting T-Shirt contest.

Here are the rules:

1. You have to bee a beekeeper. Bee observers are ineligible.

2. The story has to be about your 1st sting.

3. You agree to abide by our capricious/whimsical judging in awarding the men's large T-Shirt

Send in your 1st sting story as a comment to this posting. We will read all that are sent in and let you know how things turned out. We will look at your comments for about 2 weeks or, if possible, until we get tired of reading about other people being stung by bees.

If your story is the winner of our arbitrary and fickle judging, we will provide you a Men’s large, 1st Edition, bee sting black, with a little bee character, T-shirt and official membership into S3BS (Stung by Bee Beekeeper Society). Good luck and go out and get stung just to get into the contest.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Plan Bee Orchard - Bees need Trees

If you read this month's Bee Culture, you learned that bees are viewed as 6 legged canary's of our environment.
Funny thing bees, they don't like pesticides, herbicides or most any other kind of cides.
Funny thing people, we are the same way but just not as smart as the insects we are attempting to tame.
So, we at Plan Bee have been busy planting trees. Our motto, trees need bees and bees need trees. We believe by creating a healthy bee environment, we are also creating a healthy people environment.

One might say, our lives depend on it.

Below is a little diagram of our little orchard. It is located on the north side of our property a short bee flight away from our 3 1/2 hives. I have all of the trees listed with the month and year they were planted and the supplier. We will be replacing about 1/4 of the trees since we planted them as bare root trees and they didn't make it. At $7.00 for bare root trees instead of $49.00 for some our potted trees they were quite the bargain.

Our one really interesting tree story is about Sandy's miracle peach. Last year a friend of my wife's gave her some small peach seedlings. One of the three made it through the dry summer weather of 2010. I was going to pluck it out but sensed it had some green life left in it. With a tear in my eye I told my wife it was still alive and as long as there was any chance I was going to water the little tree. We were so pleased when spring came and the little peach tree began putting forth small purplish leaves. We have called the tree a Miracle Peach as it should have died but made it through. We are hoping for more miracles on Plan Bee.