Author: Cheri

Queen Bee Crisis? — Hive Inspection

I checked my bee hives this weekend and became quite concerned.  I couldn’t find the queens and had a hard time finding brood.  I am still VERY new to beekeeping, so I don’t have confidence in what I think I’m…

Rain Barrel

We recently made a rain barrel and wanted to share with you how we did it.  It can be a very low-cost project, and it didn’t take us very long.  Believe it or not, some areas do not allow rainwater…

Grow Light Shelf

A couple years ago, I made a large shelf to start my seedlings on.  After learning a thing or two about starting seeds this year, I modified the shelf to what you see below.  The entire unit is 4′ wide, 2′ deep,…

Chicken Feeder DIY

Are you a new chicken owner and need a feeder?  Or just need to replace an old feeder?  This is what I made for our chickens for free.  It consists of a 5-quart ice cream bucket w/lid, a frisbee, and…

Hive Inspection May 15th (video)

I inspected the bee hives today and already discovered a rookie mistake.  I left too large of a space between the frames, so my bees built extra comb in between there to fill the gap.  This extra comb is called…

Gathering Pollen (video)

I got a great video of a worker bee carrying a sizeable load of pollen to the hive.  This was recorded on April 29, the week after the bees were installed.  I haven’t been at this for very long, but…

The bees are in! (video)

This is a quick video of my new bees that arrived April 24th.  It was a very chilly day when I picked up my bees, and I was nervous about installing them when the weather was still this cool.  And…

Seedling Pots from Newspaper (video)

Take a look at this simple, low-cost method for making your own seedling pots.  I made and used them for the first time this year, and they held up great!  No glue or tape is needed, and the paper is…