Four seasons of life, mine and the honeybees, in the garden and in the mountains of Western North Carolina
Experience is a brutal teacher. But you learn, my God, do you learn.
Stream In January
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
To Feed or Not to Feed
There is a saying that if you ask 10 different beekeepers a question, you'll get 11 different answers. This is also true of all the books I'm reading. There doesn't seem to be any constant other than the fact that bees are facing some pretty tough times in the form of pests and disease. In deciding whether or not to feed during the winter, I have chosen to do so. I knew in the fall that my hive was weak, but I hope with my intervention, it does not die of starvation. My rule of thumb has been to feed with a boardman feeder on the days the bees are out and flying. So far, this has proven to be successful. I'm seeing very few dead bees and on warm days, which might be 38 degrees and sunny, the girls are quite active. Beekeeperlinda posted that January and February were difficult months for Atlanta bees. I fear March and April in Western NC. Just when you think winter could be over, these 2 months can be brutal.
Will there be bees in heavenly places? Will there be bees? Winging their way through the golden spaces To fruitify the eternal trees That yield their sweet life-giving store Month-by-month forevermore Will soft bee music haunt the stream Whose waters shine with crystal glow And will they come to where lilies gleam To sip the eternal nectar flow? Lord, Thou dids' love our earthly places Birds and flowers and shady trees Let there be bees in heavenly places Let there be bees.
I'm a Master Gardener and Certified Beekeeper in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I've been gardening for as long as I can remember and just completed my second season as a beekeeper. I've always loved being in my organic garden and I'm totally hooked on beekeeping.
I also love where I live. There are 4 distinct seasons in the mountains, although Mother Nature does not always respect the calendar, and each bring changes to my garden. All four seasons are beautiful. I hope you'll enjoy my view of life in the garden, beeyard and beyond in these beautiful hills.