Author Archives: jkmcintyre

Back Door to the Bee Hive

Although I am very proud of my top bar bee hives, I am not a carpenter.  As such, ‘true’ was just an ideal I strove towards when I built them. The result in Hive #1 is an extra entrance to … Continue reading

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Bee Line

What are my bees doing? I came out Monday morning to find this: Could this be the remnants of an overnight bee beard? It was super-duper hot the previous day (90F), still 82F when the bees retired, so maybe they … Continue reading

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From Broody Box to Broody Breaker!

Queen Sheba is broody. We were surprised because our previous Australorp never went broody.  But there she sits – protecting the nest box with the most eggs as if they were her own and as if they would hatch.  *Sigh* But … Continue reading

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Open letter to the gardeners who took my olla class

Dear brave fellow gardeners who invested in learning to hand-build ollas, If you chose to make your olla with sculpture clay (white), congratulations!  I hope that your olla is still performing well.  For the majority of learners who made their … Continue reading

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