Honey Bees Head Out – What a Week.

2016-07-14T18:10:49+00:00May 8th, 2015|Blog|

Hi Jean - please now this, about my cherry tree bees, as exactly one week later, at 3PM today, in sunny weather with low winds, they swarmed away from the extended branch and back into their new home behind the Pinot/Chardonnay block behind my home into the Pines and Firs, [...]

May 5: Honey Bee Update

2016-07-14T18:13:32+00:00May 6th, 2015|Blog|

My native bees are thriving...this morning I put out a shallow dish of sugar water and there are 10 - 12 scouts sipping the water from the little sticks of wood I put out in the dish to keep them from drowning as they seek their nectar. Sprinkles of rain [...]

May 1st: Honey Bees Move into Cherry Tree

2016-07-14T18:19:07+00:00May 2nd, 2015|Blog|

Hi Jean - what a surprising afternoon, today! I was just out from checking the vineyard shoots and soon flowers to be grape clusters in the vineyard behind my house and heard a loud, steady, increasing close hum and my west sky filled with buzzing honey bees.  Quickly went inside [...]

Chardonnay Budwood for Block 8

2016-07-14T18:25:39+00:00April 14th, 2015|Blog|

Here is the beginning of the new planting of our vineyard's Block 8 - that we are taking out this year. The budwood was made from cuttings of our wonderful Chardonnay 108 vines. I planted the old 108 vines behind the house 31 years ago while I was pregnant with [...]

Jim Sr. Grapehoeing Block 10 in Maresh Vineyard

2016-07-15T22:15:35+00:00March 16th, 2015|Blog|

Hi Jean - Thank you for sending me the pictures of Dad on his tractor grapehoeing Block 10 last Friday. He was catching up on that last part of organic farming of weed removal before the rains came and my brother Joe's grape hoe invention is Dad's favorite tractor tool [...]