I am getting more comfortable with the bees and not so nervous around them. I think the next time I go out, I will skip the gloves. As a nurse I hated wearing them and I hate wearing them for beekeeping too. I like to feel things against my skin, it gives me a better idea of what I am doing. The bees are very tame and docile the times i have been out with them, and I think as long as I am staying calm and I am checking on days when the weather is good, I should be okay.
On another note, the vegetable garden has LOVED all of this rain we have been getting. My plants, and weeds, are growing unbelievably well and my flowers are starting to bloom which should bring the bees on over to the vegetable garden. Last weekend was busy and this weekend was half spent in Richmond with my Dad for Father's Day, so we have only had today to work on weeding, staking, tying up and harvesting. It has bee a great year for my lettuce, kale and other greens. It is still all going strong and hasn't started to bolt. The arugula has bolted, but I keep picking the flowers and adding them to dishes, I really love the taste. For the exception of our tomato plants, we started everything by seed so our plants are a little smaller at this point than in years past. But I think they look much healthier and are going to do really well. Just can't wait for our first tomato though to put on fresh bread with fresh basil and some homemade mozzarella cheese!
Borage for the bees, the tomatoes and me.
They are calling for more rains this week, so I suppose all the weeds I pulled will be replaced with new ones. That's okay, my plants are happy and thriving and our corn and soybean crops are happy too. There is always something that needs to be done around here, but we try and take the time to stop, sit and just enjoy what it is we are trying to achieve.
In two weeks my great-niece will be here for the first time, and I can't wait to show her around the gardens and introduce her to the chickens. She will be 11 months old when she comes, but still old enough to make an impression on.
I am linking up with Amanda Soule, over at SouleMama to show my gardens progress and see other beautiful gardens. Please check her out if you love this life as much as I do.
Have a wonderful week and happy gardening.