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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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Nectar Flow Update

The nectar flow continues at a pretty good clip. My basswood trees are done as are most basswood in the metro area. The Japanese beetles have been moving in and are starting to munch up the leaves of my basswood trees.
 White sweet clover is still blooming across the area and is still in heavy bloom with no sign of waning at the moment. Thistles are also in bloom.
Many hay fields are regaining their luster with their second cutting in the near future. Alfalfa produces more nectar when it blooms after it has been cut once.
 The warm days and nights do give the bees an opportunity for a full day of work away from the hive. But swarming issues can always arise with the hive being hot. Normally after I get the supers on and they start getting heavy, I stop looking for swarm cells. Too hot and too much labor.
The next flows coming up are the perennial wild flowers and some of the non native weeds i.e. Spotted Knapweed, Purple Loosestrife.
 Both Knapweed and Loosestrife are great honey plants. While they should never be propagated because of them being invasive. If they are here the bees will use them.
 Knapweed honey has a butterscotch flavor, Loosetrife honey is a greenish color and looks like new motor oil.
 The nectar flow seems strong still. We need some rain to keep it going.