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

2013 – Year Six ~~~* The Year of Results

The year of results came to mind due to the bees looking extremely good early this spring…we shall see…

Last year I moved the hive to the south side of the barn. I hoped that the added protection and the heat might help the bees survive through the winter better. I really thought one hive would not make it because it showed so few signs of life.  This March I opened them up to find that both hives were not only doing well, they were thriving. There were lots of new bees early on and honey reserves were good. I fed both hives anyway and the hive that I thought wouldn’t make it ate the syrup. The other hive didn’t seem to want it and after a month I through it out.

I have never had a year where the bees looked so healthy going into the Spring.

When I checked on them this last weekend the weaker hive were putting away honey on some frames and there were lots of brood.

Lots of bees in early spring and putting away honey!

I added another hive this year making three hives total. I am thinking about splitting one of the hives and possibly buying another queen for the weak hive. I noticed some very spotty laying patterns.

It is going to be interesting to see whether the new hive eats the syrup I gave them. As I was mixing it up I grabbed a gallon of what I thought was distilled water. It turned out to be a gallon of lavender hydrosol. Hydrosol is the water that comes out when you distill botanicals. Last year we distilled a lot of lavender and I had placed some in the fridge.  SO it was very fragrant syrup for the new hive!

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