Honey, Geese and Garlic

3 jars of honeyI spent some time the past few days extracting honey and have quite a good amount all bottled up and ready for gift giving.  I took a comparison photo with two jars of honey that came from the same hive, but at different times of the year.  People often wonder why the color of honey is so different and what it means.  The color of honey is in direct relation to the type of flowers the bees are foraging or feeding on at that time of the year.  Here we have thousands of Clover blooming during the Spring season and later in the year Goldenrod blooms.  The thickness and the flavor of the honey is also affected.  Most beekeepers will define their honey as “wildflower” since we can not be 100% sure what our bees are feasting on.  Those that have hives in orchards or huge fields of a certain crop can be more certain what type of honey they harvest since the bees will only fly a certain distance from their home hive.

honey colorsAlso this week the pair of geese that have been fighting to keep our lake as their nesting grounds are ready to settle in.  I really don’t think it is a smart move on their part since Sammy the cat can be very territorial.  All I can hope is that they decide to nest over by the cove where Sammy rarely visits.

pair of geeseThe garlic has decided it is time to give forth some good growth and being that Spring arrives in a few days, I couldn’t agree more!  This year I have close to 2000 heads of garlic planted – 7 different hardneck varieties.  I have had better luck with the hardneck in this clay soil than the softneck garlics.  I do hope to find a good softneck variety that will thrive here for braiding.  Early spring I will have garlic scapes from all these hardnecks and plan to can up most of them to enjoy all year long.  It is a blustery cloudy day today and I am hopeful the weather will give way to Spring and let the winter chills pass on for the year.

 Here’s to hoping …. Happy Spring!!

early spring garlic