Eve's Orchard

  (Cleveland, Minnesota)
Apples so good they're sinful
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Honey harvest

We recently had our first honey harvest.  After getting honey all over the kitchen and a couple bee stings, it was worth it.  The honey is much sweeter and thicker than what I'm used to in the grocery stores.  The ucappings wax was refined and we now have beeswax lip balms.  Two flavors to start with: honey vanilla and honey peppermint.  I had no idea how much work it involves to refine the honey and to use the beeswax to make the lip balms.  It was really a neat experience though.  We took some pictures of the honey extracting process.  At this point in the year, just standing near the hives entails a sting!  Each morning the honey bees are pollinating the pumpkins and winter squash. 

Our apple crop is coming along.  The August varieties are getting bigger and look tasty.  Our heirloom tomatoes are starting, but coming slowly.   

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You just have to plant red flowers and once they bloom dont pick them... because eventually you will find a bee flying around your flowers in the morning. If so when u pick them you will get red honey.
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Posted by amberdecosta smith on August 02, 2010 at 03:31 AM CDT #

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