At the end of January, I decided to take a break from my job as a Gardener with the City of San Francisco and focus on creating a more optimal work/life balance. February was therefore filled with the absence of my regular work routine and the highs and lows of establishing new routines, balance, and purpose. I have definitely missed my job, but I’ve found some solace in my backyard garden and many new projects surrounding it.
February was as much about bees as it was about vegetables. Somewhat dormant bees are beginning to re-emerge in my garden. It has been a heartwarming sight!
My beekeeping partner, Aviva, and I have also been buzzing along and tending to our honeybees in our hive at Mt. Sutro. This hive has struggled over the winter and the number of bees has steadily declined. Last month, we decided to take off the hive’s top box and reduce it to one. This will keep the bees closer together and warmer. We haven’t confirmed that the queen is still ruling, but assuming she is, I think there is a good chance the hive will begin to flourish again in the late spring.
Aviva and I have also placed a new hive box in my backyard in the hopes of luring a swarm. See last week’s post, Catching a hive with the help of spring (Aviva). It includes a not to be missed picture of Aviva and I at our high school homecoming dance, circa 1994.
Lots of new seeds have been sown indoors and out. I did end up having a lot of expired seeds that didn’t germinate. A bit of a bummer, but it’s a great excuse to buy more seeds.
I used Rootrainers for the first time to start my pea seeds indoors. They worked beautifully!! Now the real test will be to see how well the peas transplant. Never heard of Rootrainers? Check out last month’s post Growing peas the English way “(Rootrainers are in the manor!)
Reaping the Rewards
With the warmer weather, I’m finally getting some good harvests again. Lettuce and chard are my main crops, but I’ve also been gatherings asparagus, carrots, peas, and strawberries.
All in all, February was a good month. There was plenty of growth in the garden and within.