Spring Flowering Moon
The netaphim ruined last year by dogs Rigel and Vega has repairs. The repairs sit safely inside fences that Rigel has shown either no interest or no capability to penetrate. They should last.
The bees will wait until a less breezy tomorrow. Wind blows the smoke around and I have to perform a reversal, hive check and clean off the bottom board. The reversal of the top 2 hive boxes encourages the queen to move into the top box and lay eggs there to create an ovoid shape of larva outside of which the nursery bees will complete a ring of pollen and a ring of honey. This makes the planned colony split on May 15th assured of one hive box full of larva, hopefully the top one with new larvae and therefore newly born nursery bees. Nursery bees take more kindly to moving around than the older worker bees.
Irrigation folks have scheduled Tuesday to come out and turn on the irrigation system. A good thing. They usually wait until the second week of May since our average last frost date is around May 15th. I imagine that’s moved up closer to the first week of May on average, but a frost outside the average is still a frost so most planning still accommodates the old date.
Tomorrow the bees and soil amending, that is, putting in composted manure and humus on the raised beds and adding some sphagnum moss (some more) to the blueberry beds. The outdoor season with sun. The great wheel turns. Again.