This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Main Nectar Flow

What a difference in the weekend. We went up to Grand Marais this past weekend. Up there the fruit bloom is underway. Which has been gone from this area for almost three weeks. It was 81 on Monday and 45 on Tuesday.
I drove into St Paul this morning and was a little surprised by all the yellow sweet clover blooming in the ditches of the freeway. I will have to say, the main nectar flow is starting or will be starting in the very near future. Make sure supers are on any overwintered or package colonies (if they are done drawing comb).
If the supers are new, with foundation, I would not use a queen excluder initially.
Check the supers every five days, once the bees start making comb and are putting a little nectar in the new comb, then put in the queen excluder.
Supers go on two at a time. Check them weekly. On a strong hive with a good nectar flow, the bees can draw out, fill the new comb and cap the honey in one medium super in a weeks time.
So get ready, the payoff of all our hard work is coming now.
yellow sweet clover