Bee Log – July

25 Jul
Buzzing was slowing down, food sources near us are becoming light. Mid-month, we were planning to inspect and pull honey.  The weather didn’t align with our free time.  We tabled the work until we returned from our family vacation. Not...
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Bee Log – June

25 Jul
June didn’t have much hands on for the bees – they were buzzing about, doing what bees do:  collecting pollen, collecting nectar, converting nectar to honey. We did add medium supers to a few hives, six boxes in place –...
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Bee Log – May 2016

29 May
It was a busy month. The 2 nucs arrived early in the month. The 2 splits slowly took to full. The weather was atrocious.  Cold, Rain, more core and more rain.  It wasn’t until the last week of May that...
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Bee Log – April 2016

27 Apr
Swarm! Actually, all three hives swarmed.  Even though we added space before any queen cups were made, the light winter and early season bounty lead to great bee conditions. The Observation Hive, that one we wanted to see swarm.  We...
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Bee Log – 2016 (late March)

25 Mar
All three hives (Left, Right (Main), and Observation) have survived the winter.  Winter was very mild.  This is Holy Week, leading to Easter – the family was off from school and temps hit the 70’s.  We took advantage and prepared...
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Bee Log – 2016 (January 31)

31 Jan
2016’s Bee year really began before Thanksgiving.  My son and I started planning for the new year then. Today is January 31, 2016.  We have 3 hives today.  Two more will arrive around April.  We’ve purchased two nucleus hives.  The...
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Blizzard of 2016

23 Jan
Snow.  The storm is raging.  It absolutely feels like winter in New Jersey. Our storm preparation involves a few things.  Nothing excessive, I no longer live in an area where snow could get you disconnected from the world for 3-4...
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Lip Balm

12 Jan
Winter is here, at least according to the calendar.  With cold, dry weather expected, and with little daylight, I decided to try homemade lip balm as a mini-project. Although I will occasionally use the product that went from Whitehall-Robins to...
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