B is for Bee

Last weekend, my dad and I suited up to check the bee hives.

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I added a super last month (painted seaside green) because my little hives are growing!

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When the weather starts to warm, the bees will come out on their “porch” to cool off.  I saw this in mid June.

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And this a couple of weeks ago when the temps got in the 90’s.

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The other hive hasn’t done this yet although it appears to have more bees inside.

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Any time you open a hive to check, you will accidentally kill some bees.  Each bee has a specific job to do in the hive.  Some bees are the housekeepers.  After I closed up the hive, I noticed these bees removing a dead bee from the hive.  It took two bees to get it out.  Once out,  one bee left leaving the remaining bee to finish the job.

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The white spots you see in the middle are bee larva.

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The top layer of creamy white is honey.  I could tell immediately when I pulled it out because it was heavier than the other frames.

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I will not take any honey out this year.  This is typical for a first year hive.  Bees need food for winter so this will be their pantry.

The bee man at the bee meeting looked at my pics and was worried that I won’t have enough honey for winter.  I still have quite a bit blooming though and I also have flowers blooming well into the fall, so I hope they get busy and prepare.

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Anyone out there with bee advice, let me know what you think.

Brenda

 

 

 

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About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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15 Responses to B is for Bee

  1. I’m stumped on this one! Interesting post, though. You’re still much braver than I!

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  2. I’ve got plenty of purple coneflower seeds if you need any — they like it — but it won’t do you any good for this year because they are perennial and don’t flower the first year.

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  3. bittster says:

    wow they’ve been busy as……
    What a cool adventure! Does it matter that the two hives are so close together? I know I’ve seen it before but I guess I never realized they aren’t territorial.
    I can’t wait to see some honey come out of those hives. My fingers are crossed for a strong summer and fall!

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    • my understanding is they can be that close together. Even though they look exactly alike, each hive has a certain scent so they don’t go in the wrong one. They are so smart! I’ve always said my garden is going the strongest late summer into fall, so I’m pretty sure they will have enough to gather. Clover is still strong as well. I’m very excited about next year!

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  4. I have had so many bees in my thyme, lemon balm, and clover! But not so many in my garden. 😦 Do you think they are going for what they like best and ignoring my veggies?

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    • Bees will find the first available food and let the hive know and then they work that area until they are done before moving on. I don’t notice too many bees in my garden either which makes me sad, too.

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  5. Dawn says:

    Brenda, it’s such fun to peek into your beehives! What an interesting (and very brave!) way to enjoy your garden… with such sweet rewards! I just love how you carry on so many family traditions, in your kitchen and your garden. Sunny summer wishes! ♡

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  6. Bill says:

    Beautiful! I envy you. We lost our hive over the winter. Keeping bees is especially important these days. Good work!

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  7. Mags Corner says:

    Wishing all the best for you and your bees this winter. I had no idea you had bees. I love fresh honey. Hugs

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  8. Their fascinating. I love the colony/community aspect of bees. Someday I’d like to keep them too. Thanks for sharing your hives!

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