I know many of you have asked. Yes, the bees are doing well, yay!
There isn't much to show, they are building comb and honey stores, thought a bit behind schedule because of the rains. We're abiding by the the 'don't interfere with them too much' method and so far, they are humming and buzzing along...so that's good.
|English Garden Beehives|
We watch and they are coming in loaded up with pollen and more are leaving to get more so all is good there. When I mow and edge around them, I come in and do it fast and leave. I let mother nature blow the clippings away after using the trimmer, not going to hang around with a rake, ha.
Above is an angle I haven't shown much before. This is the rear of the hives and looks out into what we call the bee yard...in the future, with expansion of more hives (hope to have six in total), they will be scattered around in this area. One thing I've been doing is clearing closer and closer to that large group of trees. I've created a curved space under the trees that's shaded and will be a great spot for a bench to sit and watch the ladies do their thing. Cool in the shade and far enough away that I'm not in their flight path.
We still have to decide where the next two hives are going. At least next time, it won't be fear of the unknown, we'll know exactly what we are doing, well, theoretically, ha! I'll have some pretty pics of the ladies in an upcoming post. They were buzzing all over the farm on Saturday.