February 01, 2020

My Colorado Beekeeping Calendar: A sticky post

A Phenological Calendar for Colorado Beekeepers

By undergoing VIT, I successfully reduced my sensitivity to honeybee venom to safe levels! After taking 4 years off, my interest in beekeeping has not waned, and I'm anxious to restock our hives. I'm just not sure how to proceed since we're still planning to move out of Colorado. Should I run the hives and then give them to someone if we move? Would someone buy fully stocked hives? What about the fact that one's a Top Bar Hive and one's a Warré? Should I run just one, with plans to leave it behind and take the other with? Which one to run? Which one to take? Should I run the one I prefer or the one I won't mind leaving behind? Which one do I prefer?! The mind wobbles.

What about you? What are your plans for this season? If you're in the Denver metro, maybe my calendar will help you think them through. Just keep in mind that the dates can shift a couple of weeks in either direction depending on weather conditions. For example, the excessively warm 2017/2018 winter has elm trees blooming well before Valentine's Day. The snow storm on President's Day, though, will cut short its blooming period. You can click on any of the events for more details and additional reading. I hope you find it useful.

Blue = honeybee, yellow = mason bee, green = what's blooming. And don't forget, Marty Hardison's booklet, "The Appropriate Beehive" is available at right. May your hives be humming. — BB & HB

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February 15, 2018

Seeds For A Stamp 

It's seed catalog season. Big fat catalogs are coming in the mail, filled with page after page of temptation. But after a quick visit to Catalog Choice, I am putting my catalogs in the recycling bin. I'm just not into paying $3 for a packet of more-seeds-than-I-need and shipping on top of that.

Back in the early 90s, there was a seed catalog where you could get a seed sampler for the mere cost of a postage stamp, I think 27¢ back then. For a renter with a tiny corner of the yard in which to garden, it was a terrific way to try many different seeds and not spend a small fortune. I could have a vegetable garden with 4 different veggies for just over a dollar.

I don't remember sending in stamps and getting seeds in return, but I like the idea of it. Even at today's rate for a first class stamp, 50¢, that's a good deal. Even better, though, would be a simple seed exchange. Send me some of your extra seeds, and I'll send you some of mine. The cost for either of us would be the price of stamp. What do you think?

Interested in Seeds For A Stamp? Let's swap seeds through the mail!

I'm seeking seeds for Cucamelon. In addition to 'Aunt Molly' ground cherries and seeds for the native flower Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, you can "shop" my seed cache using this Instagram hashtag #SeedsForAStamp

Here's a photo of Kintzley's Ghost Honeysuckle. I've already cold-stratified the seeds for you. You just need to soak them 24 hours and plant them. They have a high germination rate but the plant is not invasive. Not much is here in Colorado. Colorado Springs Utilities has lots more information on growing it: https://www.waterwiseplants.org/find-a-plant/kintzleys-ghost-honeysuckle/

Photo by landscape designer Carla Tews.

Don't have seeds to swap but want some that I have? Send me a SASE with first-class stamp inside for each type you want. #seedsforastamp :)

Leave a comment below or DM me on IG so we can traded addresses. 🌱🌱🌱