Winter and Bees | The Blonde Gardener

Winter and Bees

Posted on January 17, 2015 by the blonde gardener

In the winter, bees cluster together in the hive, at their food source, to keep warm.  The cluster is very tight and their food supply is hopefully enough left by the beekeeper to last them through the winter.   Therefore, only essential bees get to stay for winter.

When times are good, everyone gets to stay

Drone bees (males) are only needed for mating with a virgin queen in the spring.  They do no work in the hive or outside the hive and have to be fed and groomed constantly.  They are tolerated in the hive until nectar supplies run out in late fall.

Worker bees know who is essential inside the hive and who is not.  Unfortunately, for the drones, they are labeled nonessential and kicked out of the hive.

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Baby Tree Mania | The Pink Cucumber

Baby Tree Mania

January 17, 2015The Pink Cucumber Re-Plant horticulture, mahogany, marula

It’s interesting to see how everything changes. The plants in your garden grow, the weather goes from scorching hot into a massive storm in 1.5 seconds. You also might find yourself on the up and down roller coaster of life, as I have.

My disappointment in not being able to study horticulture was great, and now it has greatly been replaced by the fact that I have started studying it! All it took was finding a private provider of these courses and what do you know, suddenly you can’t stop staring at the parking lot of your favourite mall, trying to figure out which brick laying pattern has been used to build it!

It is very exciting, next week I’ll have to find a suitable landscape construction somewhere in Pretoria to write a massive paper on. In a few months I’ll have to design my dream garden – I wonder whether they’ll be as excited as I am about the unicorns…

Anyways, I might have mentioned that my marula tree has been stolen. One day I just noticed that it was gone, which made me obsess and turn the garage and the garden upside down and inside out, but I simply didn’t find it. And don’t try to tell me that a pot with a tree blew over a two meter wall in a storm! This was one of Dr Pink Cucumber’s theories (another one was that I just put it somewhere while I was in my maniac cleaning mode and I just can’t find it now, which is so UNTRUE! Both the losing the tree and the maniac cleaning. There is absolutely nothing wrong with cleaning all the time!).

So naturally, I went and ordered twenty more seeds, among others, from the fantastic Seeds for Africa (we loooove Black Friday discounts!). We’re a few weeks in, and here are my little babies:

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Seed Banks and the Future of our Gardens and Landscapes | GardenRiots

Seed Banks and the Future of our Gardens and Landscapes

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Another article in the ‘Over Thinking Series’

Old growth coastal Douglas Fir forest biome, the Ponderosa Pine – Juniper Sagebrush ecotone, your meticulously cared for back garden and the neglected median strip running down a divided street all occupy our ‘landscape’ and include soil unique to their sites.  The soil type and structure is relatively easy to describe as it is defined by its physical properties…its biological components are considerably more complex and change over time in the long and short term as a landscape ages and/or suffers human disruption…and, can, in turn, affect some of the physical properties. (see:  The Biology of Soil Compaction.)

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LLCC’s Green Center to host 12th annual Central Illinois Composting Symposium Feb. 24 | The Lamp Online


January 17, 2015 · by thelamponline · in Campus, Local, News. ·

SPRINGFIELD – Lincoln Land Community College’s Green Center is hosting the 12th annual Central Illinois Composting Symposium.

It will be on Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.

Registrations are being accepted now.

Symposium registration is $30 before Feb. 3, $35 after Feb. 3. The symposium is free to students with a valid student ID.

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