Ducks, Bees, Plants, and February 2021 Contact-free Deliveries


We’ve had several snowfalls recently. They’ve all lasted just long enough to enjoy their beauty, but quickly melted off. I’m including a few pictures from around the farm after one of the recent snowstorms.

The ducks didn’t seem to care about the snow. I have a tarp over the back half of their mobile tractors, but their body heat kept any snow from sticking to the ground inside the tractors, even the parts that weren’t covered by the tarp. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

Ducks

The ducks barely seemed phased by the snow. I can’t wait until they start laying again. We had to buy our first chicken eggs in forever this week because I wanted to make cornbread and didn’t have anymore duck eggs. Chicken eggs just aren’t the same. Hopefully, we only have a month or so to wait before yummy duck eggs are back on the menu and the contact-free deliveries list.

Bees

The bees are doing well. All five hives have been out and flying around on the warm days we’ve had. On cold days, they are clustered in their hives staying warm. If you want to learn more about what honey bees and other bees do during the winter, then you might want to check out my latest Backyard Ecology blog article, because that’s the topic I cover in it.

A few of my hives with the snow on them. The queens should be starting to lay again as the days get longer. Things will really kick into high gear once the elms, maples, and other early trees start blooming and the bees are able to gather lots of fresh pollen to feed the young. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

Nursery

The nursery is doing well too. I’m overwintering lots of plants this year, which means I’ll have plants with more mature root stocks available earlier in the season next year. I also have a bunch of seeds already planted in trays outside so they can undergo natural winter conditions, and I have a bunch more seeds in the refrigerator undergoing simulated winter conditions. By this time next month, I’ll be busily planting seeds under grow lights and on a heating mat as well as erecting my low tunnels. Things are really going to start happening fast in the nursery world!

Other musings

All of this is in addition to continuing to produce content for my blog and podcast, teaching webinars, giving virtual presentations, and normal “life stuff.” There are so many things that we are planning to do around the farm this year to improve our own wildlife and pollinator habitat. Some of those plans are things that we’ve been talking about for years, and it is finally looking like this is going to be “the” year. I can’t wait! I hope your year is shaping up to be equally as exciting.

The nursery plants that I am overwintering were all snuggly tucked in under their blankets of snow. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

Oh, as a side note for those thinking about planting for pollinators or incorporating native plants into your gardens, on Feb. 24, I’ll be teaching a webinar on native, exotic, aggressive, naturalized, and invasive species. More details can be found at https://shannontrimboli.com/shop/feb-2021-native-exotic-naturalized-invasive-and-aggressive-plants-what-are-they-and-why-does-it-matter/.

Upcoming contact-free deliveries

My next contact-free deliveries will be Tuesday, Feb. 16 (Bowling Green) and Wednesday, Feb. 17 (Glasgow). I will have:

  • Locally produced honey from my bees located on my farm in Barren County,13 oz glass, hexagonal jar for $12
  • Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys by Shannon Trimboli, 302 page, hardcover for $32 (tax included – I’m happy to sign your book if you would like for me to do so)
  • A wide variety of nature and farm-related notecards featuring photographs that I took, $5.25 (including tax) – see all the options at https://shannontrimboli.com/shop/
  • Gift cards for native plants from my nursery, Busy Bee Nursery & Consulting (you choose the amount, plants must be picked up in Bowling Green or Glasgow and will be available starting in April 2021)

To order, send me an email with a list of what you want and whether you want to pick it up in Bowling Green or Glasgow. More details about how the contact-free deliveries work can be found at https://shannontrimboli.com/contact-free-deliveries/. The deadline to place an order for this round of contact-free deliveries is 8:00 a.m., Monday, Feb. 15. Let me know if you have any questions.

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