This thorough, to-the-point video by Gary L. Heilig gives the how, when, and why of pruning pear trees. He also gives some excellent recco’s on tools as well. While this video is about pruning a large pear the wisdom also applies to other food-producing trees. Enjoy by clicking here!
The blueberry season was a bit short, likely due to the heat but we still have lots of local honey and plenty of fresh eggs. Someone is usually at the farm but before you make the drive, check in just in case we’re not manned. You can call or text 985-422-0880 to make arrangements forContinue reading “Open , but by “appointment””
…in spite of the heat, rain, deer flies, & state “bird” we’re open every Tuesday & Saturday, or by appointment, until the blueberry harvest is done. Right now the bushes are LOADED! We also have eggs, and honey–raw, local, pure–pulled from the hives this week. See you on the farm!
Big Branch Apiary will finally open for picking this Saturday, June 4th, 2022. Today we picked blueberries in real quantities. It took three of us an hour to pick two gallons. Advertised hours have changed: we’ll open 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays & Tuesdays. It’s highly recommended you call or text us at 985-422-0880Continue reading “Open 4 Biz!”
Click on the following link for updated information on our anticipated blueberry and honey availability. https://mailchi.mp/%5Bxxxxxx%5D/harvest-updates-from-the-apiary
“Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” Today broke peaceful; fog-muted, bathed in pastels. A morning crisp but just barely. A beautiful and perfect day. Except that it wasn’t. Today was the last day we had with Teazel. Teazel is–was–a lionhearted Jack Russel not much bigger than aContinue reading “The balance sheet of love.”
We spotted our last Monarch butterfly about a week ago as it assumably was passing by on the way to overwinter in Mexico. It stopped in to dine on our flowers before heading on its way south. One of the things we still have blooming profusely is tropical milkweed–Asclepias curassavica. Many experts now say toContinue reading “Milkweed & Monarchs”
I can’t stress enough the value of having an experienced mentor when you take on beekeeping. I had never considered putting pollen out for our girls until prompted by my #Hivesforheroes mentor, Scott Steele. At first I put the pollen he gave me out just to be polite, so when he asked if I hadContinue reading “Pollen feed-frenzy”
First, let me say we weathered Ida without losing a single bee or feather from the flock. It’s been a week since Hurricane Ida tore through southeast Louisiana. I’m sitting here on the steps of our RV, our home until we get the barn up, sipping coffee to the hum of generators. The weather isContinue reading “Big Branch Apiary meets Hurricane Ida”
Back in June our peahen took an interest in nest boxes on par with a vegan’s interest in the Whole Foods produce department. Eventually she selected her box. Over the next few weeks she lay three large, buff-colored eggs and then started setting. I was so excited. I looked up how long it took toContinue reading “Orphans, a farm life reality.”