Category Archive: Journal

Apr 20

Cold April

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This has had to be the most consistently cold April that I can recall in the past many years.  The next 4 days aren’t looking much better either though it’s actually on the warm side compared to the past few days with highs that only were in the mid 40s.

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Jan 10

New Products for a New Year

Belated Happy New Year!

It's been a cold winter so far this year and it looks like the cold weather will be around for awhile.  The 10 day forecast doesn't show anything above freezing.  There isn't much one can do with the bees besides repairing old equipment and preparing new for the upcoming year.  And …

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Apr 22

Looking for Package Bees?

We just received our 3rd shipment of package bees from Gardner's Apiaries.  Like the past 3 shipments they have been on time and look to be in great shape.   We hived one ourselves from the first shipment and it is building up strong.  I've heard a lot of people still looking for packages or that …

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Apr 08

Time to Graft…The Season has Begun

With the unseasonably warm weather in the 70's the bees are building up quickly and flowers are well ahead of schedule.  Based on pictures from last year (Specifically the picture from the blog post Buzzing Trees with it's picture of a pear tree taken last year) the blooms are about 2 weeks 3 days …

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May 08

Bees on a Plane

 Snakes on a Plane?  Nope, just bees.  Most beekeepers just picked up their bees by car or truck, but this Michigan beekeeper saved some time by air.

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May 06

Package Bees

The package bees arrived this past Friday and most beekeepers who had ordered a packaged picked them up on Saturday with the remainder picked up on Sunday.  I must say I was impressed with the quality of the packages so far.  The bees were in very good shape with fewer dead bees than I’ve …

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Apr 24

Buzzing Trees

Honeybee On a Pear Tree

There is nothing quite so wonderful and calming as walking by a tree in full bloom and listening to the tree literally humming with activity.  This was the picture today (Thursday) as the pear trees were blooming today under a perfectly clear sky.  Some trees were just starting to bloom, and others like the one …

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Apr 23

Spring May Have Arrived.

Nucs under a willow grove.

Finally…. The dandelions and pear trees have started blooming.  A good sign that spring may finally be here to stay.  You can see the large load of pollen this bee has already collected on her back legs.  

April has generally been cold and wet seriously limiting the number of days that it’s been possible …

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Apr 13

Cold April

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I has bee a  fairly cold start to April.  I should be thankful it’s not snowing, but the consistently cool weather has made it nearly impossible to begin any inspections or other bee work that involved more than peeking under the inner cover. The hives do appear to be building up well and …

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May 28

Requeen your hives!

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It’s May 28th.  Do your hives look like this in Ohio?

10 of the 14 hives in this apiary look this strong right now.   The 2nd to the top super was added to the hive just 2 weeks ago and most hives already have a significant amount of honey in …

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