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, August 14, 2013

Goldenrod, the last hurrah

I have noticed Goldenrod starting to bloom around town. It should last around two weeks. Hard to say if it will be a nectar producer or just a pollen producer.
 Right now the nectar flow has slowed around the metro and hopefully there will still be one more super to fill.
 The top deep box should be pretty much full of honey right now. If the top deep only has a couple frames full of honey, supers should now be removed and feeding should start, the bees need to fill the top deep box with feed for the colony's winter stores. Feeding colonies now that are low on winter stores must start now to give the bees enough time to put enough food away. Feed 2:1 sugar syrup, 2 parts sugar to 1 part water heavy syrup or feed ProSweet.  Once the temperatures start cooling off as fall comes on, the bees slow their ability to take down large quantities of feed.