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A taste of honey

Our top bar hive was established this year in a new Eco garden. Over time the bees have populated and created more than fifteen natural combs.

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They have survived a fairly challenging start in a really early spring and very strange summer that finished early, reducing the food availability.

The strength of this new colony has been impressive while others have struggled.

Rather than being over ambitious honey thieves we’ve restricted our harvest this year.

Only one beautiful comb.

And then the prize.

Comb honey.

Comb honey is delicious and expensive.

And it’s mine.

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13 comments on “A taste of honey

  1. Uncle Spike
    December 12, 2014

    Excellent 🙂

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  2. lindaswildlifegarden
    December 12, 2014

    you can not beat fresh honey I live 2doors away from local honey now and will be getting a jar over the weekend

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    • lizard100
      December 13, 2014

      Thats good news Linda. Sounds like your new place might be interesting. Can’t wait to hear more about it.

      Like

  3. Grower
    December 12, 2014

    Nice job. I’ll bet it is delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Pekebun
    December 12, 2014

    Did you move part of the 1st comb? Or the queen? Or just some wax? We are going to try to move a colony from our water tank cabinet to a new top bar hive box we are building. Any advice pls?

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    • lizard100
      December 13, 2014

      This conlony was created from another TBH. We started with a completely empty hive. We removed the queen and four bars of brood, honey and stored pollen.
      We have previously transferred comb onto top bars successfully.
      The comb was from trad frame hives. But you can cut the comb and sewit to the top bar with a needle and strong thread.
      The bees chew the thread off.
      Then feeding was helpful to give them energy to draw new comb.
      If you create a new post with some photos we could make more suggestions maybe.

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      • Pekebun
        December 15, 2014

        We moved the combs yesterday, just so awesome, beyond words. So many big combs behind our the rainbarrels took us by surprise, but we did not panic. http://temasekgarden.com/2014/12/15/the-big-bee-move/
        Did we do it right? Is there a better, faster way?
        Feeding – that’s our next lesson. Do you dilute the honey and use straws?

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      • lizard100
        December 15, 2014

        Really enjoyed reading this great post. Will comment there too.

        Like

  5. Pekebun
    December 12, 2014

    I keep starring at your pic of the hive. It’s just gorgeous!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. rapthar
    December 16, 2014

    Great post came accross a post explaining the top bar method http://urbanbeekeepingguide.com/top-bar-beehive

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