Thursday, 28 June 2012

New Bees - 2 new colonies!

Helen Turner and Mary Venning have been looking to revive the Apiary. A stray colony has come by itself about a month ago to take up residence in Hive No 1.Helen has been feeding them 1:1 syrup to encourage them to stay. When we had a look at them they seemed active and happy with plenty of new brood in evidence. They were occupying 2 frames and we saw the queen!
Then on Monday 25th we went along to Pearson's farm to collect another colony, courtesy of Lee. We went in the evening hoping that most workers would have come home for the night. We taped up the hive and moved it to Dig-in, untaped it and left it on top of the Bessant Hive.
Then on Wednesday 27th we inspected the new colony. There were bees on 4 frames and again we saw the queen, so did David and Edwin. (Note to self- get more rubber gloves!) We moved the occupied brood box onto the stand and placed two supers above it without the queen excluder. This is so the bees will be encouraged to move up into our accommodation.Later we can return Lee's brood box to him.
We now have to see if they stay with us or decide to go back to Pearson's farm as I'm not sure if it's 3 miles away.Watch this space!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Saturday 23rd June- a little bit of sunshine...

After so much rain the grass and weeds have grown very well indeed.We had a good session on site today with a visit from a new volunteer and her daughters.Richard and I made an impact on the grass around the lower part of the site, cut down the 3ft high grass ready for the mower!you can see the beds with onions in now.We had to be careful as the grass was full of frogs but they were carefully placed in the pond by Cicely.Well done all- looking good.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Taming the Jungle!

The Workskills group visited the allotment to prepare the sensory beds for replanting next week. The beds were rather overgrown, so the students got stuck in thinning the plants and weeding the beds. Here are some of their comments:-

It was good fun. We got fresh air. We did planting and weeding. I am looking forward to going again. - Alex

It was a very great feeling to work outside with the plants, flowers and many other types of wildlife, also getting some fresh air.- Matthew

I was a bit shocked how fast it had grown and I was excited about doing the weeding. - Becky

Saturday, 2 June 2012

The hemlock Happening well dressing under construction
Hemlock Happening 2012

Well dressing step by step- thought this mught be useful for anyone having a go.