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Honey, I jarred the harvest!


Since e started keeping bees we’ve harvested normally in July but this year the mild weather had been kind and we’ve been able to collect some sweet frames in May.

In the spirit of frugality that I first wrote about in Honey harvest on the cheap we’ve found a way to divide the yield into jars without additional investment in too much equipment too.


9 comments on “Honey, I jarred the harvest!

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    June 23, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome post Liz and thank you for sharing have a blessed day


  2. Becky A
    June 23, 2014

    Wow – I am jealous of your bees. This is a great post! and bees are definitely in our med/long term future so I’ll be coming back to this for tips!


  3. Old Boar
    June 23, 2014

    Looking forward to getting some bees of our own next year. Just wondering, how much honey do you tend to get per hive, and do you double-brood?


    • lizard100
      June 23, 2014

      It’s very weather dependent. We had a small summer harvest last year with about 9kg per hive. This year we’ve had a spring and should get more in July hopefully. Not sure what double brood is…


      • Old Boar
        June 23, 2014

        Thanks. šŸ™‚

        Double-brooding (and this is all theory as we don’t have our own bees yet) is a method where you move the brood frames from one hive into another, either if it’s missing a queen or after dealing with a queen. Measures are taken to prevent all-out war, and a double-sized hive apparently produces more than twice the amount of honey.


      • lizard100
        June 23, 2014

        Ah. We split our hives to prevent swarming but we don’t do this process. Later in the year we can reunite the two so that the number of hives doesn’t continue to multiply. But ultimately we prefer to only take minimal honey as we are organic keepers with the health of the colony as priority and honey as a bonus.


  4. Rambling Woods
    June 24, 2014

    Good job bees!


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