Spring finally looks to be coming here in SW Pennsylvania, after one of the longest winters I remember. Cleaned out my herb beds; lemon balm and oregano are coming in good and my transplanted rose bush seems to have made it through the winter. Usually plant basil (pesto!). Had sage and thyme but those died over the last couple of years. This is the year to replace them. Can’t beat sage in stew and thyme with chicken! The rest of the raised beds need a bit of help, but didn’t have time for them today. Think I need to add some topsoil to all of my beds.
Took a look at my blueberry bushes too. Pruned the dead and intruding branches last fall, as recommended. I have done this intermittently over the years and it usually gives a better yield the following year. Problem with my bushes location is the neighboring pine tree is taking up more and more of the blueberry bush area and creating too much shade. Need to prune the pine tree more next.
Said hello to my bees who are busy as….bees! Gave them sugar patties for the winter and went in and fed them some more a few weeks back when I discovered they had made it through the winter. Super excited about their survival! Fed them sugar water for the first time this year. It has been so chilly even in the daytime until recently that I was very reluctant to give them the sugar water as they need to be able to buzz their little wings and draw the moisture out of the hive. Very hard to do when it isn’t getting above 40 very often.
Hope to get in and rearrange my beehive for spring (rotate the top box down to the bottom, so the bees start working their way up again). Not sure what to do with my honey supers I left on top last fall. Meant to take the honey and got delayed. By the time I got back to them, yellow jackets had robbed one pretty good and were working on the second one. So I let my honeybees back in and let them defend the remaining honey. Looks like there is still a bit in there, even after winter. Guess I will be putting a third super on top. Also a bit worried about the bees swarming as there are a LOT of bees in my hive. Not a whole lot I can do about that (my dad used to sweep some out with a wet vac…lol. My luck, I would sweep up the queen and kill the hive).
All in all, a good start to Spring cleanup and regrouping!