|Posted by Hannah Safford on October 3, 2010 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
About ten of us headed down to West Windsor for our first group hive visit of the year. Sarah and I had checked out the hives last week with our hero and mentor, former NJ state apiarist. We were delighted to hear from Bob that hive #1 (the Panamike), was one of the strongest hives he had seen over the past few weeks, and that hive #2 (Hughes Hive) would only need a little bit of sugar water to get them through the winter.
The hives looked just as great on Saturday as they did last week. It was a beautiful day for beekeeping, with just enough sun to stop the bees from getting angry when we opened up the hives, but none of the gross, sticky humidity that's been plaguing us the last few days. Everyone who came down and wanted to had a chance to bang around with hive tools and take out frames to look at, and no one got stung (which doesn't make for a very happy post, but does make for a happy BEE Team). We also stuck tins of Apiguard into our hives per Bob's orders since we might have a developing Varroa mite problem.
We'll be making another hive visit next week--after all, we have to "Winterize our Weeds!" with Jennifer Bryson in the garden. Details on that coming soon via listserv...and on our calendar.
|Posted by Hannah Safford on September 26, 2010 at 11:31 PM||comments (0)|
It's our first blog entry--yay! Hopefully there will be many more to follow :).