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Rain has been scarce this year, coming to my little corner of North Texas every couple of months, but when it rains it rains hard and an inch or two can fall very quickly.  I’m using migratory covers with a drilled hole for feed jars on my beehives, so when rain is due I need to either put a poncho on the jars or put an extra box with telescoping cover over the whole feed jar. Since we are also expecting a cold front, I put a medium super on each lid and a telescoping cover on top. I am feeding 2:1 syrup. The goldenrod did get started after our last rain event, but it has been so dry they are getting more pollen than nectar.  The hives are light. I won’t make fondant yet, but I will when the hard cold sets in.

The greenhouse is not quite ready for the tomatoes, my solar pool blanket should come tomorrow, and that will help some inadvertent venting stop venting. The tilapia are in the tank, thermometer in place, glass lids on top of tilapia tank and owens corning pink held on the outside with contractors trashbags and duct tape. It is holding heat very well. Which is good because I’m still trying to find the heater I use in it.

I have picked up expanded shale for the plant trays but haven’t built the supports to position them over the stock tank.  Only so much time, I had to go to work.Wanted to mow the lawn but never managed to get the mower out. The chickens are fed and tucked in. All will wait til tomorrow.

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In June 2010 the constant supply of honeybees in my neighborhood suddenly disappeared. Seems they were all living in a vacant house, and that house was sold.  An exterminator came and sprayed and killed part of the bees but missed a lot, and the ones he missed that had always been gentle bees suddenly started stinging the neighbors. After that he poisoned the honey. The bees died. The possum that ate the honeycomb died, the wasps, solitary bees, bumble bees, butterflies, anything that ate that honey died.

March 1st 2011 I bought my first beehive. It wasn’t a very good hive, probably 50% african dna and hotter than a firecracker. I wasn’t a good beekeeper, I bought the hive from a beekeeper hoping I could pay her to teach me, That did not work out. I later learned she did everything wrong, setting my hive up in deep shade and setting me up for disaster. But beekeeping is addicting, and I was definitely hooked.

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