I’ve decided to pull the plug on the gardening portion of this website. Mud Songs used to be a simple gardening blog — until I got into beekeeping. I don’t have any interest in documenting our gardening adventures anymore. We dig up the soil, sprinkle in some lime and fertilizer, put seeds and seedlings in the ground, water them all summer long, and then we eat it all up. And it’s usually delicious. We still enjoy growing veggies and things in our tiny backyard and may still post a photo or two of all the green things and flowers blooming everywhere. I’m thankful for it, especially since it led me to discover beekeeping. But it’s just not on my mind anymore.
Can you see the beehives in the back there? We don’t have much room for expansion. There’s a lilac tree up against the shed that may disappear to make room for additional hives, and there’s a plot of potatoes blocking the view of the hive on the left. That spot will be cleared to make room for another hive. In total, we might be able to manage five hives. After that, we’ll have to find more room. We own a nice big field (photo) behind our shed, but the neighbourhood kids burn it down (photo) two or three times a year, and if they ever saw beehives in the field, I’m pretty sure they’d have the hives destroyed by the first weekend. They’re just a great and wonderful bunch of kids and I love ’em to death, those little rascals (photo).
At any rate, gardening is fun but beekeeping is more fun, and everything I post for now on will fall under the category of beekeeping. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with all the old gardening posts. Don’t be surprised if they simply disappear. I should also change the name of the blog to something other than Mud Songs, which didn’t make a whole lot of sense even as a gardening blog and makes even less sense now as a beekeeping blog. But changing it is too much of a hassle and I kind of enjoy the puerile sound of Mud Songs. Puerile works for me. And it’s not like Mud Songs is a scientific journal. I’m just a guy from Nova Scotia living in Newfoundland with a handful of beehives in my backyard, stumbling along, pretty much on my own most of the time, getting it wrong before I get it right, but slowly learning enough so that maybe someday I can actually think of myself as a beekeeper. That’d be cool.