~ Grassy Roads Farm Life ~
Happy National Pollinator Week! The milkweed in our fields is in full bloom and the air has the most amazing vanilla-like scent. I’ve enjoyed watching all of the different bees, butterflies, and other milkweed flower visitors over the last week or so. I find something new every time I visit the milkweeds. Business-wise, the next few weeks are going to be very busy and super exciting.
Announcing Virtual Classes
I have decided to start hosting online classes about honey bees, native pollinators, native plants, plants honey bees and other pollinators use, gardening for pollinators, and a variety of other topics. My first class is a 4-part short course titled, Honey Bees, Native Bees, and Creating a Bee-friendly Landscape. It will be held July 8, 15, 22, and 29. I several other classes tentatively planned – some for general audiences who are interested in pollinators, native plants, etc. and others specifically for beekeepers.
The honey bees are continuing to do well and I am looking forward to harvesting honey in the next week to week and a half. About half of the honey could be harvested now, but the other half needs just a little longer. When I harvest, I’ll try to remember to take lots of pictures to share with all of you.
I’m also excited that the monthly mite counts I do on my colonies continue to result in very low numbers which means healthier bees and a reduced chance of transferring viruses and diseases to our native bees. However, I’m not getting too far ahead of myself. I know from experience that the last half of summer and into the fall is when my mite numbers typically increase the most. So while I’m happy to have such good results so far, I’ll continue to monitor the hives carefully and use the best management practices I can to keep my colonies as healthy as possible.
Ducks, Native Plants, and Next Delivery Dates
The ducks are continuing to lay and the plants in the nursery are continuing to grow. I currently have approximately 50 different species of plants native to Kentucky (most are also native to the surrounding states) available for sale. For those who might have missed it, I am no longer going to the farmers market. Instead, I have switched to contact-free deliveries every couple of weeks in Bowling Green and Glasgow for selling my plants, eggs, and honey when it is available. My next deliveries will be on June 30 (Bowling Green) and July 1 (Glasgow). Details about the deliveries and a current list of available products can be found at https://shannontrimboli.com/contact-free-deliveries/.
Shannon Trimboli is a beekeeper, farmer, wildlife biologist, and author. She owns Grassy Roads Farm and Busy Bee Nursery & Consulting. Busy Bee Nursery & Consulting specializes in plants and habitat consulting services for honey bees, native pollinators, and wildlife conservation. In 2018, her first book, Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, was published. Shannon also writes a weekly blog called Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife. The blog features profiles of pollinators and wildlife, tips for attracting pollinators and wildlife, highlights of different plants for pollinators and wildlife, and life on the farm and nursery. You can sign up to have her blog emailed to you.