2017 has been an excellent, enjoyable and "fruitful" year for me at Powerstown. I invested in a 20ft X 10 ft Polytunnel. I left it quite late to make the decision and therefore it was all hands on deck to kit the tunnel out once it was installed. I have two plots at Powerstown. The … Continue reading A Plotholders Paradise
Powerstown bees going a little way to save the planet..
I’ve got my eye on you ! Photography done by constance carlsen
“Allsorts of fruit and vegetables are pollinated by honey bees, such as broccoli and squash, apples and almonds. Pollination is not just important for the food we eat directly, it’s vital for the foraging crops, such as field beans and clover, used to feed the livestock we depend on for meat”
Short blog today....we had a bee swarm at Powerstown allotments last month - the queen (who was clipped and therefore could not fly away) decided to move out of the hive and the bees swarmed along the ground. Luckily they were spotted and encouraged back in by our intrepid bee-keepers as it fell to zero … Continue reading Bee swarm
Tempting fate can be a risky business but it can also produce some surprising results. The surprising result is that the bees from last year seem to be responding well after the winter. With the good weather of recent days, the activity at the hive seems to be increasing and if the weather stays the … Continue reading One ‘Bee’comes Two …
To: All Powerstown Allotment Members. The 2016 season has come to an end and now the end of the year is near. It’s that time of year to reflect and look back over the last year on events and thanking those who have helped us get through it, with some resemblance of sanity. 2016, has … Continue reading End of year message
As mentioned in the previous blog, I have sent a small sample of bees for testing for signs of diseases. The tests were carried out by Dr Mary Coffey (Teagasc Bee Diagnostic Services), who is also attached to the University Of Limerick which is also involved in research into the native Irish Bee (Apis Mellifera … Continue reading ‘Bee’ing Clear of Disease?
We thought it is about time that you were updated on what is happening with Plot Bee. It may seem that nothing much is happening with the hive still in place and no additions have been added to it. Well, that would seem to be the case but in fact some things have been happening. What … Continue reading HapBee Bees!
These wonderful photos were taken by one of our new allotment holders, Celine, and show the fantastic diversity up at our site! Enjoy!
Ever wondered what you should do each month on your plot? Tony, one of our plot holders and a committee member sends a monthly 'to do' list to all plot holders. Here's the one for July. Check out our Allotment Calendar on the website for more great ideas! July to do list: Prune this year’s Pear/Plum … Continue reading What to do on your plot in July?
Contibuted by Ritamary, Plot 21 Apis Mellifera Mellifera – Native Irish Bee, aka the Black Bee. Photos courtesy of Tony , ‘Bees on the Powerstown Hive’ At the end of May/beginning of June, we received a gift of a nucleus colony (a nuc) of wild native Irish bees from a very experienced local beekeeper! You … Continue reading Plot Bee Continues…