Sunday, March 31, 2019

New things

After the rain moved through last night, a cold front settled in. The day before yesterday it was almost 80 degree (F) but this morning it was chilly enough that we had to switch the unit from AC to heat.

After coffee, I stepped down and fed the chickens before going down to check on the bees. As I've said before, they are not fans of cool weather. When the temps drop, they hang out and munch on honey. I can't say I blame them.

This afternoon, I put together two beehive supers. This is the box that goes on top of the brood box
(where most of the hive hangs, and the lower super, which is where they store the honey they live on until it's warmer. The upper super ( I know this is getting confusing) is where the bees store the excess honey during the spring and summer. This is the box where the bees make honey for my coffee. I'll call these my honey supers.

I suited up and headed down to put "my honey supers" on top of the boxes I got two weeks ago. 

In a few days, I'll go down, pop the top, and get the scoop.

More and more things are blooming every day. The apple trees are now in bloom and the clover is not far behind.

We'll start planting our garden in raised beds when this cold snap moves off to the east. That will provide even more good stuff for them to eat.

I know I've talked a great deal about bees lately, but it's something I've wanted to do for a long time and now it's a thang. I have so much to learn, but if I had waited until I knew everything before beginning, it might never have happened. It's fun doing new things.








9 comments:

  1. Ahhh..apple blossoms! I can't wait to see some here. But I guess the snow will have to melt first! I love your bee stories...so sweet! (yes, I wrote that on purpose!) Have a good Monday!

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  2. Hooray for spring. And industrious bees.

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  3. You look every bit the beekeeper in that especially fetching white outfit.
    Alphie

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  4. Bees are a remarkable masterpiece of engineering from the creator. I hope that they will be a good source of honey for you. My brother- in- law has bee hives not very far from our place and I'm sure they will be busy collecting honey from my many flower gardens.
    It's hard to believe is so cold down south this time of the year.
    Hugs, Julia

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  5. My uncle raised bees. There is nothing better than being handed a chunk of honeycomb full of honey as a snack.

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  6. We went to a farmer's market yesterday and enjoyed seeing the products, esp. the honey.

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  7. Keep talking about the bees (you can add the birds if you like for Sherry, LOL) But at first glance I thought you had ran off and joined the USN. I thought that was whites with a dixie cup!
    Happy April

    Sherry & jack

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  8. Keep talking about the bees. I love learning

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