Although we have had quite a bit of rain here in WA State lately, we have actually had quite a mild and sunny spring so far. Which is great news for our bees here at Scarlett Homestead.
We have 3 healthy, thriving beehives at Scarlett Homestead at the moment and we hope that this coming spring or summer we can increase the amount of hives we have. The more the merrier.
As promised, after we harvested our honey, I got to work on part two of our harvest for the year, honey salve! My goodness is this stuff amazing. Nothing says Homesteading like collecting your honey fresh from the hive, and then using the remnants of the uncapped and unused combs to render down and make completely natural and organic skin product with. That’s called using what God gave you to the fullest!
A few weeks ago, over the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday weekend, my parents and my sister came down to our house and spent the weekend harvesting our honey with us. There is nothing more satisfying than stealing honey from your 3 hives of hard working honey bees, and bottling up that golden goodness in a jar. It’s raw, thick, and incredibly sweet and it’s truly something to be thankful for.
Bees are truly the most wonderful creatures. They transfer pollen and fertilize plants so they can grow and continue producing. Without bees to do this, most plants, flowers and food crops would die off. I have read that one out of every three bites of food we eat is thanks to bees keeping our food growing. That’s sort of a big deal.