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Things Are Warming Up At Sleepy Bees!

Things Are Warming Up At Sleepy Bees!

Spring sure didn't hang around long!  The heat is here already and seems like it has settled in to stay for awhile.  Of course, this is the busiest time of year for us here, so it is delightful to have it super hot for planting, weeding and landscaping!  <eyeroll>  All complaining aside though, we have been very busy and it is a great problem to have! Our original half acre of plants came out of the winter in great shape this year.  They have sent up their shoots and have tons of buds.  In the next week or so we...


Spring is Here!

Spring is Here!

Finally!  Spring is here.  For some reason, this past Winter seemed like it would never end.  Nothing terrible was happening.  The weather wasn't even all that bad, other than a couple of weeks. It just seemed to stretch on and on and on. So thankfully, after a 27 degree low last night, it looks like Spring is officially with us to stay.  This is our favorite time of the year.  Everything is getting going for us.  We get to introduce all the new products we have worked on over the winter to our customers, plant the new baby lavender plants...


Summer 2020: Making Lemonade

Summer 2020:  Making Lemonade

This summer did not turn out like we were expecting!  Indoor events were canceled, masks were required, many of our plants died, what a mess!  It seemed like a mess on the surface, but really, things worked out wonderfully Some of the largest events we had signed up for were canceled, so that left us spots to fill on our schedule.  We signed up for a Sunday Farmer's Market and it has been awesome.  Our booth does well there each week, we have met some great people and made some contacts that will be helpful in the future.  We also...


The Bed Shaper and the Mounds

The Bed Shaper and the Mounds
At this point in preparations we were struggling.  The weather had NOT been cooperating.  It rained almost every day for a week at the time we were supposed to be getting the manure and lime spread, so we were already about a week behind.  After going down the first row with the shaper, we ended up with a small pile, but nothing like the 12" mound we were envisioning at all.  The pile was much wider and squared off at the top, and also not packed down at all.  It turned out that the rototiller we used did not dig down far enough to bring up enough loose dirt to completely fill the bed shaper.  The plates are not height adjustable, so we had to work with the 12" that we had. 

Prepping Fields (a nice way to say Spreading Poop)

Prepping Fields (a nice way to say Spreading Poop)

           The first week of May 2018 it was finally time to get our field ready for planting.  After the soil analysis we had done back in the fall, we knew we were going to need to add lime and horse manure to our soil to make it friendly for the lavender.  We decided that even if it took more time and/or money, we were going to do everything we possibly could upfront to get these plants to survive.  We had given ourselves 2 years to make this work, but if our first plants didn't make...

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