Long hive update; not forgetting food

It has been a while since I last posted. The garden is in full swing and harvesting the soft fruit (blackberries, blueberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, gooseberries) has been my priority. it has truly been a bounty this year ad we haven’t even started on the apples and plums.

Squashes and courgettes are also getting underway and the garlic needs digging up, so you get my point, food comes first.

Having said that, the bees have also been busy. We have completed the first extraction of the year and the bees in the long hive are doing well.

Here is one of the long hive frames, as seen during a recent beekeeping experience day. They are pulling out the comb to fit the V shaped hive and have built up 6 frames already. I’ll try to post some more detailed pictures soon, but that’s it for now.

 

2 thoughts on “Long hive update; not forgetting food

  1. Has it been a good year so far for honey up there? We have a local beekeeper who is about to put a couple of his hives at the edge of one of our flower fields and he says it’s been an excellent year so far. One of my best ever garlic crops too and the Dahlias are three weeks earlier so looking up at the moment! Cheers!

    1. Hi Nic
      Good to hear from you.
      Honey not too bad but the farmers aren’t growing any Oil Seed Rape due to the neonicitinoid ban, so we didn’t get the usual early crop.
      Our garlic has been superb too and yes things like dahlias good too due to the heat, so garden is very colourful.
      Enjoy the flowers and hope your building work all settled now, we must catch up.
      Andy

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