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Saturday, February 14, 2009

2009 Beekeeping Plans

Over the winter I've thought about what I would like to do with my beekeeping during the 2009 season. Last year was my first year and I spent quite a bit of time reading, researching, and just figuring it all out. This year, I plan on doing a few new things, here's what I was thinking about:

1. Podcasting "The Beekeeping Podcast" - Last year, I actually did two episodes of this, but I really wasn't committed. This year, I've got a new microphone and much more material. My main goal is to encourage other people who are just beginning or thinking about getting stated in beekeeping. I hope you'll tune in.

2. Catch a Swarm - After reading so much about swarming, I now want to catch one. I just don't want to see my hives swarm. I've got a swarm box ready and I'm waiting for a phone call from someone who knows where an easy hive to catch is. Last year, I got several calls about 'removing' bees from the inside walls of houses or eradicating hornets, no way. This year, I'd like to start a third hive with a swarm.

3. Photograph More - I've thought about trying to photograph all of the relevant honey flow sources here in Kentucky. The idea would be to share this with other beekeepers to help identify bloom times and kinds of honey they are getting. I also enjoy looking back over my first year in pictures and have committed to taking more detailed pictures for my blog.

4. Enter My Honey In The Local Fair - Last year I only saw one jar of honey at the fair. This year, I'll be entering mine and I hope to encourage others to do the same. Non-beekeepers can't appreciate what they don't see. Besides, I like those blue ribbons!

5. More to come...

Friday, February 13, 2009

They've Survived

Today's temps got to 50' so I went to check on the hives. I gently tapped on each one and heard them respond with buzzing. That means they're alive and well. I'm so thankful because here in Northern Kentucky we've had a cold, wet winter here. Beekeepers across the country dread this time of year because, in some parts of the country, winter losses are over 50%.

Both hives seed to have good food stores, although Exodus was a little lighter than Genesis.

Now, I'll prepare for a little late winter feeding, and on the next warm day, load them up.