Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
For the last few years I've been searching for a convenient, yet effective way to winterize my hives in the cold Minnesota environment I live in. Hay bales were effective but tended to attract vermin, and presented me with a problem after winter: I could not find enough people who wanted to utilized these bales after their winter use. We tried pink insulation foam last season but they were not insulating enough it seems. This year we will try insulating the hives with Fox Blocks, insulating concrete forms. This insulation should be as effective as hay bales, yet reusable and easily stored.
Monta designed and built these structures using her skills as a sculptor. Pink insulation foam was used to close off and fill in the gaps.
We will see how this works.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
- I have reluctantly finished 4 of the hives treatnent with Api-Var. While I would like to treat the bees "naturally", I recognize that my bees do not live and forage in a "natural" world, but a world of globalization, monoculture, urban development, neighbors with pesticides and herbicides, and a nearby golf courses. Given the high mite counts, I made a decision to treat with the safest, most sustainable miticide. Nothing is ever fixed in my mind, so we will see how this works.
- I combined Bee Glad... with the nuc I had started earlier this spring. The nuc was too far behind while Bee Glad... went queenless.
- Lake No-Bee-Gone is now fishless. A local leopard frog got in the pond and ate all the fish while I was in the hospital. I will rethink the pond arrangement for watering the bees.