Category Archives: 管理 – Maintenance

Winter 2015-2016

I still have at least one more month until winter is over and I am in the clear. So far I haven’t lost any hives but two are not looking great, So this year I decided to feed them 200cc of sugar water every 10 days to 14 days, I hope it’s enough.

Weeding is a must!

Well it’s my birthday today, so why not do something interesting on your birthday :-)

On Thursdays I generally check on the Hatada apiaries and today I noticed that the Perilla had started to take their dance of death and turn brown and honesty the stone terraces just weren’t looking good.

I knew this is gonna happen and had been putting off weeding that  section of the apiary because I  just don’t like weeding.

I had decided on only weeding around the beehives, but being a  Mr. Can’t stop when he gets started ended up pulling all the Perilla.

Now next, I’ve just got to get rid of all the Madagascar ragwort around the hives.
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エゴマの蜜源 Wild sesame perilla nectar

In less than four months, Following very wet rainy season (duh) the stone terraces have turned a brilliant green. At first I had no idea what this weed was and it turns out it’s a very common herb/spice used in Korean cuisine and known as wild sesame. It’s suppose to flower at the end of summer around September hopefully and is a good nectar source so I been told, I just hope the honey doesn’t smell like the leaves :-)

たった4ヶ月でこんだけ雑草が入ってしまいました。草刈りはしないとダメと思ったが雑草の種類を調べたらエゴマ【荏胡麻】で分かりました。

エゴマは9月に花を咲きますので蜜源として残すことにした。

Cutting Grass – My new life

When a friend who has helped me out tremendously was asked

What do you do on you holidays ?

His reply was “Kusakari! weed eating!

I laughed his reply and thought, that is the direction I my life is going in.

Weeds in Japan are just crazy, during the rainy season you obviously you’re gonna rain, heat, humidity and enough sunlight to throw them  in to overdrive and really make the life of the locals constant battle between knee high lush good to hide the poisonous snakes and a beautifully weed eaten field.

Next year I want to try some mulching, grass and the mulching sheet we can pick help from the local home department store and see if I can find a easier way to handle the onslaught :)

新人生「草刈り」

ニュージーランドに比べたら雑草の伸びは確実に早いです。梅雨はホンマに草刈り新人生になりました。

秋に来年の為に落ち葉を集めて草マルチを作って見る。

 

Cutting the grass