Happy New Year! It's frigid in New York right now. Temperatures have been below freezing since the holidays and everything outside is covered in snow. But inside, we are starting to plan for the coming spring. This means thinking about seeds and bees.

Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea purpurea

Locally, we order from the Turtle Tree Seed Initiative, which is a really wonderful organization. But this year we decided to also try a new seed company, Strictly Medicinals, out of Williams, Oregon. Their seeds are open-pollinated, untreated, non-gmo and certified by Oregon Tilth. We are hoping for good things. You can check them out below...

We also ordered a few new nucleus colonies from Hudson Valley Bee Supply here in Kingston just in case we lose a few hives from the cold temperatures. Bees stay warm through the winter by clustering together in a big ball inside the hive. The bees will actually switch places with one another so everyone gets a turn in the warm center of the cluster! They aren't hibernating in there at all. If the hive is strong, the bees can weather the cold temps but we'd rather be safe than bee-less in the spring. If you are local to Kingston and interested in bee keeping, definitely check them out.

Echinacea purpurea in happier times...

Happy wintering!