Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What Is Going On In Maria's Apiary: I am finally able to peek under the covers!

An overwintered double deep hive
We had some gorgeous weather in the past week and I was able to take some pictures of the clusters.

They are looking great considering the winter that we had and the fact that when I took those pictures, the maples hadn't started blooming yet.

A hive that overwintered in a single deep
As I mentioned in my previous post, I added patties since I did not think the bees will be able to benefit much from the maples. Turns out I had it right - the maples bloomed over the weekend and the cold weather promptly set in. Yesterday's high was below freezing and today's high is only 43F (6C).

Fortunately, I was able to add some frames of honey to the lighter ones.

Looks like Thursday and Friday next week will be perfect to take a peek at the brood and equalize it. The timing is perfect according to my calendar - just about right for the apple bloom (

I am hoping the weather forecast stays the same. How is your Spring prep going? Drop me a note in the comments.