The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
we try to be natural in our bee keeping. We respect the bees we keep. We’ve reduced chemical intervention and what we do use is natural and organic where possible.
We also don’t want to steal their honey unless they have plenty to keep them going. This means that we aren’t keen on feeding them sugar substitutes rather than their own honey.
But this year has again been tough. The trouble started in early spring. You may have noticed that the late winter and early spring was very dry indeed. (We noticed when our rainwater toilet dried out. We had to switch back to mains water.)
The reduced water caused problems for the plants. A witch Hazel in our yard had brown autumn leaves in July but has now completely releafed.
The flowers seem to have produced less nectar. The bees rely on nectar to make honey. Consequently stocks are low.
So in our routine hive checks where we prepare the bees for winter we’ve identified two new hives with insufficient food stores.
One was established fairly late in bee terms so it wasn’t a surprise. But the other was established much earlier this year.
That’s how we’ve tackled the problem.
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