February

Tony Teolis/ February 15, 2014/ Preparedness/ 2 comments

Honey Bees, Kiwi and a foot of snow!

Honey Bees, Kiwi and a foot of snow!

Soon to look like this.

Soon to look like this.

There seems to be no end to cold weather and to top it off we got a foot of snow today. It’s not that it is so bad but it has been a long winter and the motivation to plan for spring is tested by weather that keeps me indoors. Yet parsley is being sprouted and the plans for new plants are being transferred from my mind to paper. The honey bees are tucked away in the top bar hive and a second hive is under construction. Next up are plans to make some little homes for the mason bees that will be placed outside in another month. It is hard to believe but yes the temperature will go into the 40’s soon and the mason bees need to be a part of the landscape. The birds have slowed their intake of seed and they are not seen much these days. Especially now with a foot or more of snow in the backyard. I haven’t even seen any squirrels lately.

Looking back on my “January” post I have made some progress on the list I set to do but there is plenty more to to do in order to be properly prepared for spring. Next up once the bee homes are completed are plans to make some self watering containers for the deck. However, now there is snow and lots of it and it won’t last. So it is time to get the sleds and riding on some hills. We all have Olympic fever and need for speed must be met. Oh and Rat Dog on Tuesday will be a great way to prepare for seeing them at least two more times in the summer.

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  1. Hi Tony,

    what kind of climate do you live in? I am in the Pacific Northwest and early winter we had some very unusual bitter cold with high winds that lasted a couple weeks. And to my dismay, I lost my wonderful, thriving honey bee colony. My heart is broken. I plan to get some more bees, but I was just curious how other people winterize their hives. I saw a picture someone posted that showed their three hives set up side by side, and although, they were focused on the roofs they had put on the hives, I noticed right away, the two outer colonies didn’t make it, but the one in the middle was going strong. That made me realize, if would have known to make some sort of wind break, that allowed for some air circulation but protected from the constant cold wind, I may very well still have my beautiful colony.
    thank you for your website and all of the helpful info 🙂

    From a fellow TSPer,
    Toni

    1. I know the feeling of losing a hive and it is not easy to know exactly what went wrong. Could have been a lack of windbreak but also positioning of the cluster to the available honey. Just keep trying and enjoy it when hives do thrive. I used to live in the northwest and miss the milder winters. I’m in northern VA and except for this year it’s typically not too cold in the winters. Hive is still doing strong and more bees will here in the spring to join them. Hope they make it through the spring, that’s the tricky time.

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