Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Handmade Christmas at Murray Grove 11/9/11


So my home is way too small to host a holiday trunk show for myself and my friends. Partnering with Murray Grove Retreat Center, I can now have a Trunk Show party with some refreshments, a little wine, some music and lots of shopping.

I feel like I am having a Christmas Party for a couple hundred of my closest friends. I have my Christmas Tree out of storage and plan on making some Christmas Cookies just to get in the mood.

Friday, July 22, 2011

More on original hives

With all this heat and dryness (not counting the yucky humidity), I wanted to make sure that my original two bee hives were doing well and having plenty to eat and drink. I headed out there today to fill the division feeders and put the beetle traps in place.

They were doing well and the bees were hanging around the outside of the hives trying to deal with the heat. It surprises me that I have so much in common with my bees.

I hope to get some photos the next time that I inspect the hives. It's been a while and I would like to have more photos.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Checking in on the new hive

Added the 2nd hive body today with the division board feeder. Those bees are growing in numbers and their disposition was good. They could have cared less about what I was up to because they were busy.

I'm pleased with their progress and it seems like the queen is doing well and laying eggs in a good pattern.

This hive is going to go to my friend's home in Medford in August. I'm really excited.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Update on New Queen

It's been a week since the hive was split and they both appear to be doing well. I was excited to see that the new queen had been released from the cage and the attendants cleaned out. On inspection, there appeared to be brood in various stages of development although I did not disturb it for too long - only long enough to give additional food.

Already thinking about getting all the hives prepared for winter.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Split

I have been thinking about it for a while but wasn't ready for my split in the spring. Now, I have a friend that has offered to let me put a hive in his yard in Medford. On Sunday, Mike Long of Uriah Creek Apiary, brought me a queen -- My first queen outside of my original hive delivery. I had to get ready to get her hived.

Went over to Nature's Rescue and split one of my hives -- took 4 frames of brood and shook off a 5th frame of bees into the new hive and placed the queen carefully between two of the frames. Then, closed up the hive (already had a screen in place) and brought the new hive over to the Lighthouse Center to beef up for several weeks.

Fed them a sugar solution from a bag feeder and am hoping that everything takes. I checked yesterday (Monday, 7/4) and there are bees flying in and out so I am hopeful.

Going out tomorrow morning to feed the original two hives and check on how they are doing. Also, going to check on the weight of my honey supers. I'm looking forward to my first taste of honey from my own hives. Now, all I have to do is figure out how I am going to extract it.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Hive Report

So far, my bee hives have made it through the winter. I'm trying to get a decent day where the foragers are out flying so I can really go through to check the frames. I have a sinking feeling the #1 hive has lost its queen.

Last week, when I checked the hives. #2 was calm and the bees were industrious and ignored my clumsy hands going through to see what's happening. Those frames are really glued in there! Hive #1 was completely different -- bees came flying out by the hundreds when I took the top off. Smoking them did not seem to have any effect and their buzz was not the happy rhythm I have been used to.

I wished that I had brought some sugar water in a spray bottle to distract them and decided that it would be better to wait to a warmer day, when I had plenty of time (and sugar water) to inspect the frames more thoroughly.

Well, so far Mother Nature has not cooperated with me with a warm, sun-shiney day where the foragers would be out gathering pollen and I could take the frames out one-by-one and check their disposition and their health.

I'm glad that there are plenty of bees in both of the hives and they are gathering pollen but want to give them every opportunity to be healthy and grow.

Also, I am officially a member of the New Jersey Beekeeping Association and am looking forward to my first meeting of the Jersey Cape coming up on 4/21/11.