This upcoming summer will be my fifth summer keeping bees. And this summer I am determined to get back to properly working the hives. Spending one summer pregnant and the other adjusting to life with a newborn meant that beekeeping was, to-say-the-least, back of my mind. Now, I am falling into a good rhythm with motherhood and have the energy to devote to tending to the apiary.
The mercury creep up to the fifties mid-day today and the sky was song bird blue, as the usually mild weather continued this winter (if you can even call this winter, a winter). As I drove by the hives today, I noticed the bees out and about enjoying the fresh air. It appears all four hives are alive. Read more
Winter is in full swing… so not much to do with my bees except leave them alone. Soon however, I will be ordering two more packages of bees in hopes of avoiding the chaos of last spring… which was the result of ordering too late in the season and a bad first time experience with Draper’s (long story short, I won’t be ordering from them again. If you are ordering bees and want to know why, just ask and I will give you the long version).
This year, I am going to placed my order with Rossman Apiaries. The 2009 package bees with queen run about $62.00 per package. If I place my order now, I will get earlier delivery dates, allowing the bees to get established before the first nectar flow in the spring. Spring will be here before I know it!