SUMMERTIME

Summer has finally arrived, and for those of us involved with beekeeping, a very busy time.  We’ve moved bees around -some from our yard to a friend’s back yard (near so many raspberry bushes), and to the cranberry farm too.  The basswood has not bloomed yet, but the bees are busy gathering pollen and nectar and yes, even making honey. Here’s hoping the summer is going well for you too with lots of sunny days; lots of rainy days and a few rainbows too.
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Winter Bees

What do Bees do All Winter? “The bee, from her industry in the summer, eats honey all the winter.-Proverb Some people think that honey bees hibernate all winter, but really, they remain active, even in our cold Wisconsin climate.  Their ability to survive depends on the food supply available to them.  Mostly it consists of honey left in the hive, which they have stored during the warm months.  The bees form a cluster around the queen and brood, and this cluster of bees is what keeps them warm.  As temperatures drop, the cluster tightens.  During warmer spells the bees feed
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winter blues and dreaming of golden honey

Winter Blues and Dreaming of Golden Honey!   Winter in Wisconsin is long and cold.  Although we spend a considerable time outdoors enjoying the season,  sweet flowers blooming, bees buzzing and gardens growing often enter our thoughts.  And, beekeeping is a spring/summer thing, keeping us busy throughout.  But wait….seems we really have not quit thinking about the bees.  There are occasional warm day check-ins on the bees; lists of “things to do” for spring; equipment upkeep and building; and of course -reading all those articles and books with information on how to do it all better. So far this year,
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Last Day Of Summer – Moving Day!

The sweet days of summer are coming to an end, so too, it’s time to leave the lovely meadows of Three Lakes and return my bees to our own back yard. It required a full day of work, (and the help of a couple of friends), but the move was made without much trouble. Now I will only need to get the other bees in my yard into the prepared space, get a windbreak up, continue to feed them, and look forward to a successful winter season.
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