What the hives are getting is the most important thing. Also, I get forecasts up to the next 12 hours, so I know when bad weather's moving in and when to go in (or not) for an inspection. Just great. THANK YOU, Mahoney clan (and Yvonne). :-)
In the lesson I stressed the importance of being prepared and always having extra equipment on hand. This includes sugar. Unfortunately, I'd broken that rule and run out of sugar. What happened on this Sunday when I could've been building equipment? That's right, spending two hours at Costco trying not to lose my temper at the tons of people flocking to it on Sunday and standing in what seemed a mile-long line at checkout, all to get more sugar to feed Natasha. Yes the nectar flow is around the corner. But another rule in beekeeping is that once you start to feed in late winter to get your hives to strength before the nectar flow, keep feeding. Otherwise, if nectar isn't available outside and the queen's laid more eggs and suddenly the hive has more bees and no food, they could starve. The feeder was dry and I had no sugar. DOH! So to Costco I went. Egads.
Speaking of the class, one of my mentors, Libby Mack who runs the Bee School year after year, said it was "awesome!". That and hearing "awesome" and "fabulous" from 5 of the students really made my week ... especially after spending many weeks creating an online registration website for the club and preparing the Powerpoint presentation. All in all, 119 people registered online for Bee School, 105 paid online, and the rest mailed in and paid at the door. It was a sellout at 125 students. My posts have been few this winter, but I have at least kept busy in the beekeeping arena and learned a whole lot in the process. That's what it's all about.
Tom Davidson is the owner and beekeeper at T's Bees.
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