CropShare is buzzin’ and scythin’ this week…
So this is what I encountered at 9 am last Saturday morning…
|Does what it says on the tin|
Exciting stuff! We delivered a swarm caught by a CropShare volunteer to the farm today. They’ll pollinate crops on the farm like broad beans and apples, and of course produce gorgeous honey.
|This season’s beekeeping fashion must-haves|
After getting kitted out in the safety garb, we took the bees to their luxury bespoke accommodation made out of reclaimed pallet wood by Farmer Paul. Can’t get enough of those pallets!
|Dave opens up the empty hive ready for the new bees to go in|
Ahem…..Dave did all the hard work whilst I supervised and videoed, essential work! Video of Dave doing the transfer of frames up soon. He put 3 frames crawling with bees into the bottom section of the hive that holds the eggs, or brood, then put the metal grill Queen excluder on top of that, followed by another box of empty frames. These lovely bees will then hopefully make honey in the uppermost box of the hive, but we’ll leave them to their honey this year so they can recuperate.
|Make sure the scythe is sharp!|
Next on the list of jobs was a spot of scything. There is about 3 acres of tall rye on the farm; a green manure sown last year and left to go to seed. We decided on scything as the best way to harvest the seed from this small area to save for future use. We’re going to be testing if it’s good enough to eat as well….fingers crossed and watch this space for local rye bread!
Thanks to this youtube video for giving us inspiration!
|Ripe rye stalks and ears|
|Rye grains rubbed free of ear|
The tall rye was scythed and fell into windrows, which we then bundled up, tying with string. The bundles were then leant together in stooks in the field- ready for us to collect the grains next time!