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Old May 15, 2018   #1
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First pictures of my father-in-law country house with some bee-houses in the yard. He is a big fan of honey and bees

Early in April we had a lot of birch tree juice (as seen on the picture)

Backing to our dacha our old greenhouse (25 years old) has been refurbished in April/May.

Old shed (also 25 years old had been diassembled and a new one was built by our local pale. Now there is a place for a teetor-tottor there under the roof.

Almost everything but pumpkins and summer flowers has been already transplanted.

After a long winter with a lot of snow in March till early April there is a lot of warm sunny weather in May with +20 +30 C, but with minor raining.
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Old May 15, 2018   #2
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Very nice place! Love the bee hives! Thanks for sharing!
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Old May 15, 2018   #3
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Yes, it's good to see those bees!
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Old May 15, 2018   #4
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And some more photoes.
A lot of blooming Apple, Pear and Cherry trees... lilac and strawberries.

April 30 - first Gyromitra mushrooms)
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Thank you for the tour through your property, Andre! Very enjoyable to see where you and your family live and garden. You are lucky to have a nice place away from the city apartment, wonderful greenhouses! Your season is much ahead of ours, our tree leaves are just starting to green up. No apple blossoms or lilacs for a while, yet!
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Old May 15, 2018   #6
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Thanks, Dee.
We had snow till mid April and it has been getting warmer after that so we translant all the tomato and sweet pepper plants early in May and even started cucumbers.
It is still quite cold inside our dacha house so we are heating it by wood. It's a weekend place 60km away from Minsk to work on the garden and to have a rest sometimes
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Thoroughly enjoyed the tour of where you live and garden, my garden is not even postage stamp size next to yours. The Piekny Jas you sent us are starting to climb the netting, doing the happy dance. A few seeds have also made their way to the UK, almost a round trip .

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Annette,
don't let these photoes get you wrong about the size of our land.
It is only 6х100 square meters including a small summer house with a wood heating, summer kitchen, a small sauna (Russian banya), 2 sheds, 2 greenhouses for tomatoes and 1 small greenhouse for sweet peppers + 1 old ex-greenhouse - now for firewood, 3 apple trees, 3 pear trees, 2 plum trees, 1 blackberry, 1 gooseberry, 1 cherry, 10 garden blueberry bushes and a lot of black and red currents, strawberries + flowers and conifers.
Actually we live abstemiously with no excesses)
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Beautiful pics Are those mushrooms edible? They are scary to look at How is the taste if they are edible?
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Frank,
yes, Gyromitra is edible, but only after a lot of treatment. So we don't risk. It is just like a first prize but when you should give it back after you win))
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Loved the tour of the garden and beehives.
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Wonderful Andrey! Nice to see.
Are the bees in Belarus in good condition or do they suffer like ours in North America?
How is it that the shed has such a nice floor? My kitchen is in envy!
Lovely spring flowers. Tulips do not last very long but are so welcome for their vibrant colours early in the year.
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Very nice, thanks for the tour.
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Old May 16, 2018   #14
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As for bees I believe they have same population problems like everywhere over the world due to the climate changes and industrial fertilizers.
From 7 active bee houses there was 2 where bees died during December-January time when they had to sleep, but actually not sleeping because of abnormal t C and they had no enough food during this time...
We like tulips as well and have several ways of their blooming from very early varieties to some late yellow and dark purple ones like now. All spare places are ready to invite Asters, Zinnias, Nasturtiums and other summer-autumn flowers...
Petunias and Pelargonias have been already transplanted in flower pots. And I've got several Siberian roses to add on our small rosarium.
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Wonderful Andrey! Nice to see.
Are the bees in Belarus in good condition or do they suffer like ours in North America?
How is it that the shed has such a nice floor? My kitchen is in envy!
Lovely spring flowers. Tulips do not last very long but are so welcome for their vibrant colours early in the year.
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I wish I had Gyromitra growing in the area nearby, I would gladly have one meal a year with them. They are a pain to prepare (boil, cook, boil, throw the water away and don't inhale it while it's boiling), and there is still some controversy about the safest method. (drying vs boiling)
Much of the flavor is lost in the boiling process, but there is still enough left to make a delicious sauce with cream :-)
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