Tuesday, January 17, 2017

bee cocoon maintenance

dove into the vegetable crisper this morning to check on the bee cocoons and sure enough...mold! the pros said this could happen which is why the suggested checkups...so i mixed a tablespoon of bleach in a cup of water and put the moldy cocoons into soak a few minutes...while they were soaking i cleaned the container out with bleach water...sphagnum moss has anti-fungal properties so i decided to use it to replace the paper toweling i was using as a source of moisture in the container...i put some into soak in distilled water while i took the cocoon out of the bleach water, rinsed them thoroughly, and set them out to dry a bit in unbleached paper towels...put the moss in the bottom of the container...replaced the insert to keep the cocoons above the moss...and back to the crisper until next month...gardening is a year round sport.

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