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January 1, 2012

Bee Spring Has Sprung, Is Springing, or Will Spring

Happy New Year! I haven’t written anything since last year. Maybe this year, you and I will get a better grip on this bee thing——maybe. hehe.

Did you know that Bee Spring has sprung? Sure has, in South Florida.The bees are gearing up for the Orange Blossoms in February down in the Miami area. The queens are laying eggs as fast as they can to have the largest group of workers ready to get honey. The over-wintered workers are busy pulling in pollen from where everĀ  they can for the new larvae to munch on.

The Ocala/Orlando area is just about ready to spring out of Winter getting organized to do the same thing except maybe not as much Orange Blossoms as their southern neighbors.

North Florida is still about 3 to 7 weeks from springing out of Winter. But that doesn’t mean the beekeepers can go back into hibernation. We need to be checking the bees to see if they have enough honey or sugar syrup to last until the Spring honey flow that will start the last part of February and first part of March. Also check to be sure that the bees are pulling in pollen. If not, then you need to feed a pollen substitute.

For all you readers that have been following my mother-in-law, she is here in Pensacola with my wife and me. She is looking better than she has in some months. She is eating and exercising more and getting around a whole lot better. I think that now I can concentrate on working bees, writing for Beekeepersfriend, and attending more bee meetings.

I hope all yawl had a good Christmas and are looking forward to a new year in the bee yard, attending bee meetings, fairs, farmer’s markets, and spreading the word about bees in schools, civic meetings, and where ever there is someone willing to listen. Until the next time, clean out your smoker and make the necessary repairs to it, sharpen your hive tool, and check for holes in your veil.

4 Comment(s)

  1. Boyd | Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    I look forward to reading about your bees springing into action in 2012!

  2. ekpeach | Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    I hope to bee able to tell you my 3 hives survived, however, I have my doubts about one of them. As soon as the weather warms up a little, I will go and check the hives and report what I find. Thanks for reading my blog.

  3. raicherry | Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hello! Just want to say thank you for this interesting article! =) Peace, Joy.

  4. ekpeach | Sep 21, 2014 | Reply

    Your welcome.


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