Archive for the 'bees' Category

First split

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

My new colony is doing great – the population absolutely exploded! In fact it boomed so much that the last week when I checked, every single frame in a two-deep was full of brood. I happily put on an extra box and walked away. You’d think this would be a good thing, right? Except I […]

Bees on the rebound

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

I knew I had to check up on my bees, but I dawdled and dawdled all day. It seems like it’s never good news when I go out there, so I was dreading it. I’ve never been so delighted to be wrong!   I didn’t have my camera with me when I was inspecting individual […]

Back on track

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Way to go, bees.   That nuc I bought has saved my bees. All the hives have now been combined and it looks like the new queen is doing a fantastic job.   I’ll have to check on her next weekend to make sure; eggs on some frames were a bit spotty. But I’m crossing […]

The bees’ last chance

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

An update on the plight of this year’s bees: Those supercedure cells … weren’t. They had drones in them too, but they had fooled me into waiting a little too long to intervene. Last week, out of hope and patience, I found both dud queens and removed them. Eggs kept appearing in Darjeeling, and on closer inspection […]

Oh, bees.

Monday, May 11th, 2015

So in fine, long-standing Summersweet tradition, my two new packages of bees are determined to auto-annihilate before summer flowers even bud up. This’ll be the …sixth?… year in a row where I get bees that just aren’t up to the simple task of staying alive. Every year it’s a new problem. The first year, I […]


Friday, April 24th, 2015

    They are calling for frost tonight and for the next couple nights – I’m going to cover my trees the best I can, but they are really too big. I’ll just have to cross my fingers and hope the delicate blossoms come out ok.    

30,000 new residents

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

I’ve joined our county’s beekeeper’s association in the hopes that older, wiser beekeepers can maybe help me keep my colonies alive more than two years running. I’ve already found out several valuable bits of information, including that bees are healthier in full sun. I had always thought they must be happier in dappled shade in these hot, […]

June bee checkup

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

My girls are doing great! No sign of small hive beetle – though the girls seemed a bit tetchy so I pulled only two or three frames for inspection. Those nasty beetles could be (probably are) still there, but if I didn’t see them running they are under control at the moment. I also saw […]

Small Hive Beetle returns

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Even after taking care to clean all my equipment, I still have small hive beetle this year. Those are their larvae, that I uncovered below the pollen patty. SHB thrives on protein. I squashed all of these and dropped the patty in some diatomaceous earth; that should take care of the larvae. I don’t know […]

Bees, second time around

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

I got a bleary call from a post office employee at 6:45 this morning, telling me my new bees had arrived (now that’s the kind of wake up call I don’t mind!). I went and fetched them while Sofía was in preschool. It’s a strange, almost fey thing to be handed a heavy wooden box, […]