A beautiful warm, sunny afternoon – the first day of spring has finally arrived and we are so happy that 5 out of 5 colonies have made it through winter. We attribute this high percentage to our ‘bee centered’ approach to bee keeping – we left each hive with a super (box) of their own honey for them to eat during cold winter days when forage is rare and conditions are too cold to fly in.
Many bee keepers, however, take all the honey then feed the bees sugar. We believe this is detrimental to the health of the bees, it’s like us working hard all year growing and harvesting loads of lovely organic veg then someone coming along and taking it all and replacing it with a winter’s supply of baked beans. I imagine we would be pretty sick come the end of winter too…
Note the colours of pollen coming into the hives in the photos. Judging by the little that is blooming at the moment, the orange is likely to be dandelion and the yellow from our willow – both of which are important early food sources.
Update by Nikki