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Busy Little Bees

My daughter works at one of the local schools. The Kindergarten teacher there is a marvelous woman! As it is spring, she has planned some great activities for the children. They are hatching eggs in an incubator and butterflies from cocoons. She wanted to have a lesson about bees, so she ...

A Simple Guide to Fresh Fruit at Home

There’s no end to the benefits of planting fruit around your house: you have unlimited access to a fresh supply of produce; a bountiful landscape in your own yard and neighborhood; and an ecosystem ready for pollinating bees and delightful songbirds to visit. The Home Orchard Handbook (Quarry ...

Battling Squash Bugs

If you do one thing to help out your garden this year, check for squash bugs. Last year, during the July Fourth weekend, my formerly beautiful and lush winter squash plants suddenly wilted and died back. What was once a plot full of squash vines was instead nearly empty. The plants lost about ...

Wintertime and Bees

In the winter, bees will cluster together in the hive to keep warm. The cluster is very tight and is concentrated around their food source.However, not all bees get to stick around for winter.Drones (male bees) are not allowed to stay during the winter. Their only job is to mate with a virgin ...

For the Love of Honey and Al

We love honey! We were very excited to start the apiary on our new property last year because we had the space to increase the hive count. Once we set up a place under the pine trees to protect them from the 118-degree heat, we started offering free bee recovery services so we could capture ...

Starbucks, Ants and Apples

(A Sidetrack from the Story of our Farm)My daughter-in-law, Nancy, loves Starbucks, and especially now that she has moved to Estes Park where she can drink it with her hubby, Todd, while sitting by the Big Thompson River. I believe I have only had two Starbucks coffees in my life, but I often ...

Importance of Hidey Holes On Farmsteads

I am sitting here watching all the Yellow Jackets outside our windows and I remember wondering last winter if the bugs would be worse this summer because we did not get cold enough up here to kill them off. Guess what? That is exactly what happened. We have had the worst year for Yellow ...

One-Room Schoolhouse Holds Great Memories

We have memories tied in with sounds and smells. When I smell lilacs or sweeping compound or honey, I get feelings that are associated with days in Happy Hollow school. One May morning, Teacher took the whole school, with the exception of two girls, on a hike and flower hunt along the creek ...

Capper's Farmer - Your Hub for All Things Handmade

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