Chronicles of a Novice Beekeeper – Ep.37

I’ve seen a few bees on snowdrops with pollen in their pollen baskets, so beekeeping season is coming up! I’m hoping that this year I’ll be able to take my Basic Beekeeping Certificate.

Our allotment has expanded, adding new plots, so it’s going to be even more important than ever that my bees are all well behaved bees (Wonder if I should give them a firm talking to before Spring arrives?). At least this year, I’ll have a bit more practical knowledge about techniques and timelines for helping manage this. Of my 6 hives and Nuc, there’s one colony I’m worried about, the others seem OK…so far. Another Kg of fondant was applied to the hives which needed it. Three hives are hungry hives, consuming 3 kgs of fondant each so far!

After attending a branch Zoom meeting, I was able to ask a question about managing (the possibility) of having too many colonies. Combining and Selling where the two top answers. I must really start my planning now as I’d rather not have the season sneak up on me!

Denali Enns