Its Honey Time

Getting ready to the new season. The beehives are humming with activities. The weather might be playing hide and seek, still, the bees seem to be a happy lot. Gave the first oxalic acid fume treatment last week. Added additional super as the bees had already taken over the last year’s super to convert it…

Snapping Turtle

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is a large (upto 18″ long), rugged and muscular turtle which can live around 100yrs. It is found in shallow (and muddy) fresh waters. Our farm being adjacent to Lake Marguerite and multiple streams, can be a likely habitat of these beasts. On May 7th, our dog, Willow, sighted one of…

Stewardship Forest

Integrated farming aims to incorporate organic farming, using sustainable agriculture practices, protect the environment, promote healthy living with good social and economic viability. Besides the organic farming, Greenbytes has now enrolled in the USDA Forest Stewardship Program (FSP). Under this program, private landowners get support for developing and executing a forest management plan with a…

Honey Bees Showed up

The month of January 2019 saw one of the most brutal cold ever. The temperatures hovered in low 30s in the day and dipping to single digits in night. Since 28th Jan the temperature dipped below 31F in the day time and the record was 13F as high and -5F on 31st. We survived, the…

Creeping Charlie

It is an interesting weed from the mint family, commonly called ‘ground ivy’ and botanically named as ‘Glechoma hederacea’. It is a perennial with vines spreading even beneath the plastic mulch and creeping out from any opening. It was introduced by Europeans in the North America and is one of the difficult weeds to control….

Solar Eclipse 2017

I still remember the total solar eclipse of 1980. It was February and the city in the beautiful hill town of Ranchi, India came to a standstill. All schools and offices were shut down by a local government decree. There was no amazon or internet those days. The newspapers came only the next day, TV…

Yellow Poplar

Yellow Poplar (Liriodendron tulipfera) or Tulip Tree is a major attraction for bees and gives a nice golden hue to the honey in the spring. It flowers in May along with Black Locust and other native flowers. The honey thus produced is fragrant, sweet and golden in color. The current count of Poplar trees in…

Pink Dogwood

Dogwood (Cornus florida) is a hardy deciduous tress which does well in zone 6. The beautiful pink flowers are a delight. The farm driveway has a dozen of dogwood trees along its drive way with one of the trees with pink flowers. The bees and the flowering dogwood trees reminds me of the country song…

Water Lilly

The water pond in the apiary had the first bloom of the water Lilly this season in the farm. The long term goal of our farm is to have a diversity supporting and complementing the native flora and fauna. Water Lilly in a small pond helps purify the water and shelter to many water based…

Icy Propane Cylinder

Ever seen an icy built-up outside the propane cylinder? Do not be alarmed, it can be explained by simple physics. Propane is a fossil fuel, which exists in the form of gas at standard temperature and pressure (32 °F, 1bar). However, for an easy transportation and distribution, it is bottled in cylinders at high pressure, turning propane into liquid. As…