Eleven of us braved the elements on Thursday 28 April and benefitted from a most informative course. It was good to see that every group was represented. We were able to see first hand what can be achieved. Ben Dell from the Edible Garden Project provided excellent tuition and lots of tips. The primary one was – read the instructions on the seed packet. We are looking forward to seeing the results at Craigie’s.
Our next working party is on 6/7/8 May from 09:30 – 16:00 each day. Please can you help us?
We have been very busy at Craigies this year, but need to complete some work, before we can look at the next stage and prepare ourselves for two public openings – The Farm Open Day on 5 June and The Power of Food Festival on 18 and 19 June.
Please can you give us some of your time to help us? Some, but not all will require physical effort.
The main task will be to build the common area, which will allow us to add tables, benches and a barbecue to the site.
We will also be planting up hanging baskets for the High Street and for sale in the shop. This one our main sources of income.
The site needs a good clean up and there will be some digging of new plots, ready for groups to take on.
Please try to come along, even if it is just to see the changes.
To aid our planning, please can you let us know if you are likely to help and when you might come along?
Queensferry Men’s Shed have been meeting up each Friday in the classroom. After coffee and a biscuit, they have been tackling various jobs around the project. Last week 1 April, a group rotavated the new plot, whilst others set to in the polytunnel. This week the the team potted on some 1000 plugs and started on the hanging baskets, ready for sale in the shop. Some just came for coffee and a chat.
As you can see from attached photo the Apiary site is now taking shape, “double” brood boxes now placed on 5 hives which will lead to them being strong colonies for this Summer with a further 4 hives awaiting bees which will be bred from existing stock later in the year.
Our Winter/ Spring task list is nearly complete thanks to the many attendees on Sundays & Mondays. Work now will be on general hive issues :- ensuring that brood frames are healthy, identifying and marking the new Queens, placing on honey supers , drinking tea & sitting relaxing at our bench.
There is a notice in Classroom window with walking directions down to the Apiary site to watch the bees flying during the day. There are Bee Aware safety signs on fence & displayed information re bees.
We are still meeting every Sunday and Monday from 1:30 pm, but are more likely to be down at the hives.