...As thousands of pairs of gossamer wings beat the air, I could smell the little sisters in that way that hungry way a mother smells her new baby. I felt settled in my skin again...
My hives - both of them - died before winter even hit. The 'Lazy B' hive died because it was weak from the get-go. I should have returned them all the first week I had them. They had everything wrong with them,making me suspect they were the survivors of a hive that had mostly succumbed … Continue reading Bye – Bye, Bees
We have a new hive at our house, a lovely windowed top bar that Neil built. Neil, hive builder extraordinare! It found a home against the fence and near a small apple tree in our yard. (IMPORTANT NOTE: The house that shares the fence is not occupied - technically this hive should be several yards way from fence lines, but the homeowner doesn't care. Make sure to talk to your neighbors before installing hives in urban farming areas!) Even though our year old hive (called Amanda) is also in the process of expansion, there is something about new bees getting established in a shiny new hive.
It has been a long time since I posted here, and I have to admit, I stayed away largely out of fear that I would have to report that something terrible had happened over the winter. Up to 60% of all hive fail for a variety of reasons. I was afraid mine would too. I spent … Continue reading Spring Excitement!