Monthly Archives: June 2013

Inoculating Mushroom Logs

MorelNorthwest Michigan is something of a mushroom paradise.  This spring, I’ve already enjoyed several different foraged mushroom species:  morel (Morchella spp.), dryad’s saddle (aka pheasant’s back, Polyporus squamosus, which is not considered a choice edible, but is worth trying), and oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.).  And I got to enjoy the first shiitake (Lentinula edodes) harvested at Two Fish Farms from logs inoculated last year. Continue reading

Bee Day: Installing Package Honeybees in HTBHs

The US Postal Service does work on Sundays, at least at the sorting stations.  I got a call at 8 AM last Sunday informing me that the six packages of bees I had ordered could be picked up any time.  I jotted down directions an excitedly hit the road to pick them up. Continue reading

More Horizontal Top Bar Hive Construction

As livestock is an important component of sustainable farm design, I felt it important to establish livestock at Two Fish Farms this spring.  Honeybees seemed the ideal choice, as larger animals require investment in fencing for pasture and outbuildings for winter protection, as well as more regular daily maintenance than honey bees.Completed HTBH

This spring, I’ve been constructing horizontal top bar hives (HTBHs) for the farm as I’ve had free time.

I invested in two packages of bees, and the farm invested in another three packages of bees.  Packages are being sourced from Wolf Creek Apiaries and are expected this week. Continue reading