We Obtained Bees Once more | The Survival Gardener

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It’s been a very long time since I stored bees, however my good friend Sam from Scrubland Farmz simply hooked me up.

He arrived late on Monday the 18th – 11PM – having pushed all the way in which up from the Orange Springs, and we put two nuc containers of bees within the yard.

Then on Tuesday morning, we obtained them correctly arrange.

The two hives at the moment are close to the again of the grassy space behind our gardens.

We put them on a pallet for now.

A nuc field simply has 5 frames in it and is the muse of a bee colony.

The field on the left has a smaller inhabitants and incorporates a swarm Sam captured. The field on the precise is sort of filled with bees already and got here from a colony cut up.

I plan to maintain bees in just a few alternative ways. I’m not satisfied that the Langstroth hive design is the very best for the bees and am frantically studying as a lot as I can.

Currently on the bedside desk are Keeping Bees with a Smile by Fedor Lazutin and Dr. Leo Sharaskin, in addition to The Barefoot Beekeeper by Philip Chandler.

I at the moment have two Langstroth hives on order so I can switch these nuc colonies into them and get the bees began, however I want to transfer into deep body horizontal hives.

I additionally bought all of the supplies to make a “Langstroth Long” hive in the present day, which is form of a hybrid of a Langstroth and a Top Bar hive.

As a aspect observe: making the Langstroth Long hive from Leo Sharaskin’s plans is meant to value lower than $60; nonetheless, with our present runaway inflation it value me over $200 for the supplies! And I don’t even have the frames for them but! The wooden alone was over $100, then we needed to get paint, screws, and a few router bits… the Langstroth deep hives with frames from Dadant are literally cheaper! The value of every part is making me sick…

No use complaining, although. We simply must spend our paper trash cash on actual issues earlier than it’s nugatory. THINK POSITIVELY!

We can blow it on actual issues, like making beehives!

I like this Top Bar design from Philip Chandler:

I used to be by no means notably good at preserving bees once I labored with Langstroth hives again in Tennessee, however even skilled beekeepers had been dropping their colonies en masse there, so I wasn’t alone. Colony Collapse Disorder was a giant drawback.

I believe preserving bees in a extra pure manner will assist immensely. I additionally assume our natural gardens and huge quantity of unsprayed swamp, meadows, clover, and many others., might be superb for these new colonies.

The gardens and the plant breeding tasks are all going to understand the pollination, even when we don’t get a lot honey in our first yr.

I’ll preserve you posted.

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