Despite a fickle spring and some splits being made, there is a surplus of honey from the club hives. The hives are wintering down naturally this year for a change which is nice, albeit a little early.
Currently echinacea, sedums and michaelmas daisies are flowering in the garden, and yellow flowering weeds in the fields are propping up my bees nicely at this time of year (although the spikes in the centre of the echinacea make it hard work).
A hard-working bee on an echinacea flower. Photo: Nick Thorp.
For something a bit different, several members have tried variations of the no cut ‘cut comb’ systems. A small number of hives did not take to them at all, but the others made a good effort with reasonable results for the first year.
“Get stuck in to beekeeping for the best results” is the advice from one of our newer members. They started with 12 nucs in spring and now have strong hives, all with honey to take off. He found it was far better than having one or two hives, as you got to see the law of averages better.
The club is looking forward to having a stand at the Beekeepers’ Big Day Out, 12 May at Lincoln University, and to meeting like-minded beekeepers from near and far. We will hopefully see you there!
- Nick Thorp and the NCBC team