Reality is that our bees didn’t survive the harsh winter that we had.
Zip. Zero. We were left with no bees.
We had to start off with new bees this year. (aka, we bought more bees).
We also went to the traditional hives. Those are the more rectangular boxes you typically see.
We had 3 hives and now we have 4, which is awesome.
At one point, we had a hive that was not doing to well, so we (I say we like I did anything but watch the kids) had to merge two hives together to have a queen lay eggs to help nurse the hive along. Once it was back up and doing well, we seperated the hives again.
The biggest change we did, was the hives are no longer at our home. We are working with a local dairy farmer and the bees are in his fields, to help his hay fields. We are happy to help our local farmer’s crops thrive with our bees. Our bees seem to like it at his farm as well.
Honey tastes like the flowers the bees collect from. We can definitely taste the clover in our honey. It’s super delicious. And since local honey is great for you, it has helped our allergies and coughing.
As it gets colder, the bees are out less and lesss as they lock down and prepare for the winter. Crossing our fingers that they don’t die this year too!
Support your local bee keeper and buy local honey, it will help your health!