Get Hard!

Hardening your seedlings is a requirement prior to transplanting them into their permanent homes, and you’ll want to begin the process a week or so before you plant them out. The process is fairly straight forward but does take some care and attention.

The Pollinators’ Fortune

Agastache Foeniculum, Anise Hyssop, or Agastache Blue Fortune (all the same plant) is one of my favorite perennials to this end. A member of the mint family, A. Foeniculum is easy to grow and flowers profusely from July through the killing frost.

Planting the Gangsta Greenhouse

About a week ago I posted The House that Gangsta Built, which described my experience erecting a greenhouse directly in front of three of my bee hives.  The next step of this project was to construct raised beds which would be placed inside. Raise UP! For this, I used fir 2×12 boards, and I simply butted them…

Under Pressure: DIY Honey Bee Feeder

During the coldest parts of winter beekeepers often feed emergency rations using fondant or sugar bricks, but when it’s warmer syrup can be fed. And if it’s warmer still, and the bees can fly regularly, syrup can be open fed using bucket feeders. In this post, we’ll walk through building your own bucket feeder.

The House that Gangsta Built

Late last summer I began putting up a greenhouse from a kit that was gifted to me.  The images below show some of the stages of the project.  The first step was to establish a level foundation on which the greenhouse would sit.  Simple enough, right?  It would have been, except, if you notice in…

Spring in Gangsta Land

Well, it’s almost spring here in gangsta land. And you know what that means: ain’t nothing but a seed thing bayyy-buh.  In the past I’ve always used the 6×12 cell seed starting flats, but this year I though I’d try out something new.  I bought one of the seed starting kits that has the little…