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Whidbey Island Washington Beekeeping & Honeybees - Lavender Honey - Green Road Farm - Tim Walsh

Honey

How do you Harvest Honey?

How do you get a certain type of Honey?

What are the different types of honey (raw, infused, etc)?

How do you manage the hives during the honey flow.

In order to harvest a certain type of honey you have to be aware of what is blooming and have empty supers ready to add to your hive. The frames shlould already have the comb built out  so the bees will work on filling it with honey instead of building out the comb.
Spring showers can wash the nectar out of the flower in as little as a week of time. In order to harvest this honey, you need to be putting on a super of drawn comb to catch the flow.

As soon as the flow is over, pull the filled and capped super off and replace it with another empty super to keep the bees working. At this time, when the early honey flow is starting, it is good to add empty supers to encourage the bees to fill them up. It can also help with overcrowding to prevent swarming by giving them working room to store honey. When you see new white wax on the comb, it is a good idea to add several supers to the hive to take advantage of the honey flow.

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