Tag Archive | seasons

alive but not thriving, our first hive inspection

alive but not thriving, our first hive inspection

We opened up the hive this afternoon for the first time since the winter.  We’ve been seeing a fair bit of activity coming and going from the hive for the last couple of weeks, so we weren’t too worried about the hive as a whole, but were looking forward to seeing what had happened in […]

bee’s come undone…

bee’s come undone…

… it’s like unwrapping a giant, sting-y present It is probably just a tease of spring, but the forecast for this week in Calgary looks promising! Drumroll please, it’s time to uncover the bees.  Our 1-year bee anniversary is May 12th so we are crossing our fingers that the bees have gotten this far and […]

This is not a test… I repeat, this is not a test

Calgary’s Tuesday Hailstorm in the Garden  Earlier this year as we planted our seeds, we talked about grandiose plans for warding off the hailstorms that seem to frequent Calgary in July and August.  Ping-pong ball sized hail brings complaints around the office about cars getting dented and other such damage, but for us, it means […]

saving our seeds – the importance of heirlooms and open-pollinated seeds

Mass extinction Seeds have been on my mind a lot this summer. A seed is such a simple thing, something we come across multiple times each day – hidden in the cores of your apples, spilling out of dinner’s green pepper, blowing away from the dandelions in your front yard. They are one of the […]

buds, spuds and green tomatoes

buds, spuds and green tomatoes

An update from our garden… Our efforts in the garden have started to show as the first vegetables have sprung from the ground and we’re seeing changes almost daily in the backyard.  The first vegetables to come up were the purple-top turnips, with thick and healthy leaves. The chards and radishes were soon to follow […]