Independence Days Week 12: Grapes & Bee Hive!

So been CRAZY busy this week, and wanted to get something up.  We’re getting ready for a trip to Tennessee, so I preemptively crossed that off my 101 in 1001 list.  Which reminded me that I could cross a few more items off as well.   A month or two ago we paid off the 4Runner (WOOHOO!), and a few weeks ago, my friend Genny let me try her raw milk.  Surprisingly, it tastes just like… milk.  :D  I don’t know what else I would have expected.

Anyway, in short, here’s what we did this week:

Plant something – Grapes Grapes Grapes Grape Grapes!  Ok – not that many grapes.  We were able to get cuttings from our friends, Rich & Rachel and so we hope to have some yummy concord grapes in a year or two!

Harvest something – eggs, lettuce, spinach

Preserve something – well no food in this category, but we put another coat of stain on the fence, as it had been a couple years – so now it is preserved for a couple years more!

Waste Not – compost and recycling, reused some scrap wood for the…. BEE HIVE!  Yes yes, we have built a bee hive!  Now we just need a swarm and we’ll be rolling in the honey (welllll not rolling in it, but you know what I mean)!  Also sorted through H’s outgrown clothes for E, and E’s outgrown clothes to give to friends or Goodwill.  Went through kids’ toys as well and made a bag for Goodwill.  I have a reputation for being a Toy Nazi in this house, so there are never too many toys to go through.  But the TN in me struck Monday morning.  I tried to temper it a bit by putting a couple more of the boys’ toy baskets on the floor where they can reach them without help.

Want Not – um – built a bee hive, duh!  Looking at ordering some bulk chicken locally, but have not taken any action yet.

Build Community Food Systems – so thinking the said grapes count here. ??

Eat the Food – yep, we did!  My favorite from the week was BLT’s with avocado.  The tomatoes weren’t the best, but we used our lettuce and bacon – yum!

A few bee hive building pictures for you…

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Categories: Beekeeping, Food, Garden, Independence Days, Urban Homesteading | 8 Comments

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8 thoughts on “Independence Days Week 12: Grapes & Bee Hive!

  1. Anisa, Wow– beehives! Awesome. Remind me to tell you the story of my friend Joe’s homemade mead…

  2. Katie Jean

    Can you tell me more about the bee hive? Did you have to place the hive or do they come naturally? How do you harvest?
    I’m really curious on this one.
    Katie Jean

  3. Anisa

    You have to place a swarm in the hive. Harvesting is still on the learning list. We got the bees so quick. we’re trying to keep up!

  4. If you look into getting chickens- I would be very interested in participating. Let me know what you come up with! Thanks!

  5. Hi Anisa
    Where did you get the plans to build the hive?

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