Apiary Blog March 2024

Apiary Blog March 2024

Like the rest of the garden, the apiary is coming to life after winter.  It has been warm enough during the day that the bees are no longer huddled in a cluster and instead are out foraging for pollen. The valuable early sources of pollen are giving way to the...
Reflections from the Apiary

Reflections from the Apiary

Reflections from the Apiary It’s October and the end of the beekeeping year. The days are shortening, the wind picking up and, as far as the bees are concerned, the hatches have been battened down. The queen is curtailing her laying and the worker bees have...
It’s Swarm Season

It’s Swarm Season

A Swarm in June is worth a Silver Spoon It’s swarm season which (apart from the sticky mess of extracting honey) is what beekeepers live for. It’s so much fun! Colony numbers have expanded rapidly since April so that the foraging force will be at its peak by the time...
It’s All About The Queen

It’s All About The Queen

It’s been a month of Queen cells at the apiary.  There are three types: swarm cells, supersedure cells and emergency queen cells.  Swarm cells occur when the colony becomes congested – the old queen and about 60% of the colony form a swarm and relocate in a...
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