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Wild Plum Bloom

The wild plum bloom was about as spectacular as I can remember. The trees and bushes where loaded down with bloom, and the fragrance was heavy in the air. The unfortunate part is the few days the bloom lasts before it fades away. I was checking out a wild... Read more

The Beautiful Dandelion

The dandelion bloom seemed to be extra bountiful this spring. Being about two weeks behind the typical bloom time of early May, however the bees didn’t mind. Dandelions provide an important honey/pollen source for honey bees and wild pollinators for... Read more

Big Swan Hobby Farm

74219 258th St. Dassel, MN MLS# 4470310 Priced at $449,900***37.5 Acres***700+ feet lake frontage I was very excited when the owners of this wonderful hobby farm selected me to help them find the new owners, and to start the next chapter in the hist... Read more

Bloodroot-The first flower of spring

Now that the weather is starting to settle down, it is a perfect time to take a walk in the woods and look for wildflowers. One of the first wildflowers that blooms in the spring is Bloodroot. It is found in most woodlots and tolerates a wide variety of g... Read more

Checking Queens

The queen cells that were placed in the hives on March 30th were checked to determine the acceptance and mating success. The queen mating nucs we used were to produce mated queens to be used for "make-back" of the failed queens. The queen cells ... Read more

7 1/2 " of SNOW on April 16th!

7 1/2 ' inches of fresh snow for April 16th, 2014 in Montrose at our office. Seems like a repeat of 2013 where we kept getting snow uptil May. The positive side of this, it should kick the maple sap flow into high gear, the wild weather patterns reall... Read more

Raspberries in the Garden

If you have limited space for gardening, it pays to think about what fruits or vegetables will give the most "bang for the buck". Pictured is a one picking of raspberries from the patch in my backyard. The row is about 18 inches wide by 30 feet ... Read more

Life of a Queen Bee

Here is a photo where a queen cell, which is just a day away from hatching, being installed into a queen mating nuc. The mating nuc, which is basically a mini hive, is used for raising a new or mated queen. The virgin queen when she hatches will go for a ... Read more

Planting for Monarch Butterflies

This summer, try planting some milkweed on the edges of your garden. Transplanting young plants will be the easiest way to establish these butterfly friendly flowers. Plants can be found in roadside ditches and pastures. I remember when my kids were young... Read more

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