Smoky Mountain Fly

Doug and I have done lots of camping and lots of hiking, but up until last weekend we had never put the two together. We decided that we would embark on our very first backpacking trip over the long Fourth of July weekend. We drove out to Cherokee, NC and packed into the Great SmokyContinue reading “Smoky Mountain Fly”

The Life of a Honey Bee

We brought our bees home just over a month ago and we’ve checked in on them a few times since then. One hive has exploded with growth and now has four supers, one hive is moving right along and has three supers, and one hive is lagging behind a bit with only two supers, butContinue reading “The Life of a Honey Bee”

An Ode to Agnes

When we bought our farm in 2016, we acquired a tiny coop with three chickens in the deal. We had always wanted chickens one day, so we were thrilled to instantly become chicken keepers when we became homeowners. Our three original chickens were a Buff Orpington named Daisy, a Rhode Island Red named Rhonda, andContinue reading “An Ode to Agnes”

The Magic of June

After what seemed like a whole month without rain, the rain finally came… and has kept coming. The ground that was cracked and desiccated for weeks suddenly became full of standing water and the garden and goat pen both flooded. Luckily when the rain stops for a little while, the water dissipates relatively quickly becauseContinue reading “The Magic of June”

Spotting Queens and Picking Peas

It’s been over a week since we brought the bees home, so we inspected all of the hives over the weekend to make sure that all three queens were released successfully. We are pleased to announce that we found eggs in all three hives which is the definitive sign that there has been a healthyContinue reading “Spotting Queens and Picking Peas”

Anatomy of a Beehive

We have been staying busy over here throughout the past few weeks. Our garden is completely planted and the greenhouse is almost empty besides a few straggler pepper plants that will find their way into containers in the coming weeks. We also dismantled our old garden trellis and built a whole new one that isContinue reading “Anatomy of a Beehive”

Gambling on Pole Beans

Holy moly we have been productive over the past two weeks! Between the warm weather and the help from my parents, we have knocked out everything on our to-do lists plus some items on our extended to-do lists. It is worth mentioning that we’ve been motivated by the fact that we will be away fromContinue reading “Gambling on Pole Beans”

No Time for Typing

It’s officially the season where the days are getting longer and our to-do list follows suit. It seems that for every task we cross off the list, we add on at least two more. With the increasing daylight hours and our abundance of spring projects, we’ve been left with no time for typing. So, here’sContinue reading “No Time for Typing”