Our Smoky Mountain Chapter Beekeepers met Thursday night and our speaker was my friend, fellow Master Gardener and beekeeper, Gary Bradshaw. Gary is a former commercial beekeeper with over 800 hives and also taught college level courses in beekeeping. He is now retired with 4 hives. His topic for the evening was bee diseases, mites, pests, ect. I'm not going to go into all the gorey details. Any beekeeper out there right now should know what bees are facing. What I am going to note is that Gary's plan of action for his bees is to do nothing. He is not treating for anything. Period. At his last inspection he saw no sign of varroa, disease, or anything else to note. I'm impressed.
My daughter is an excellent photographer and she shot the first 2 pix of the workers on the face of the hive. Their pollen baskets are so full they almost stagger. The hive was wet because I had watered a few plants this morning. We should have rain this evening and tomorrow. We need it. I'm going to have the most awesome crop of cukes I've ever had this year thanks to my buzzy friends.