Honey harvesting

OK, I have to admit to being a bit rubbish at this blogging at the moment. Life has been extremely busy, but the bees go on and have had a very busy year, doing their bit for pollination and generously providing some excess honey beyond what they need for their winter stores.

A hot dry summer is a double edged sword. Whilst the bees are out and about in the heat, it isn’t great for honey. The general lack of water and moisture in the soil reduces the amount of nectar produced in flowers and so reduces honey production by the bees. We must also be extra vigilant to provide a water source for the bees as it is essential for their survival.

It didn’t deter the swarming season though. Here’s one after collection from a local village, just about to be rehomed.

September is the end of the beekeeping season. Whilst there are a few flowers left and the bees still fly on warm days, it is the month we remove the last of the excess late season honey and tuck up the bees for their, and our, winter rest.

phew…

 

Time for honey

Well, it’s April and the bees are flying at every opportunity. Whilst pollen and nectar sources are not overly abundant, when the temperature is above 12 degrees or so the bees fly. They do bring back some early pollen, which is a sign of a laying queen, always good to see, and they can use the good weather for a bit of spring cleaning.

The oil seed rape is already coming into flower and within a few weeks will yield nectar and ultimately provide the first honey harvest of the year.

It’s Spring…