The Monday morning after the weekend’s storms about two weeks ago, I received a phone call. It was the farmer upon whose land my hive sits. He rang to tell me that my hive was upside-down and he could see bees and comb. I dropped everything, and rushed to my apiary on a mercy mission to rescue the bees.
When I got to my apiary the up-ended hive did show signs of life. I opened the crown board and the several bees come-up and at me. I suffered a sting to my ear before even had a chance to run to cover.
I shortly returned to the hive but his time with my bee-suit. I carefully re-assembled the hive back on the stand. Luckily, it was a very mild February morning and I don’t think the hive lost too much heat.
At this point in time I have no idea whether the hive is queen-right. Fingers-crossed that all will be well with this colony of bees in the spring.
This is honeysoap which is fragranced with Rosemary essential oil. This is handmade soap which I made using my honey and beeswax.
Now selling at the shop ‘Spoilt Silly’, Wantage
Tub with fondant sitting on crown board.
This blog takes the reader through using Ambrosia fondant as a winter feed. The blog briefly looks at ventilation with matchsticks. Continue reading ‘Fondant and Matchsticks: Bee Hive Winter Preparations’
I have been kicking around the idea of keeping chickens. I am thinking of building some form of chicken housing. What I have been researching what are the critical housing requirements that chicken have. I don’t have all the answers yet and I am hoping through the power of blogging that visitors to this site my contribute with ideas and first-hand experiences.
UPDATE 23/9/2012 – have made some updates based on comments received and research made.
Continue reading ‘Keeping Chickens: Housing Requirements?’
Published September 14, 2012
Beekeeping , Hive management , How to... , Permaculture , Swarm management , Varroa
Tags: apiguard, bee-keeping, beehive, beekeeping, bees, Charlton Estate Trust, eke, hive, nature, Permaculture, Photography, Science, varroa, varroa control, varroa management, varroa mite, Wantage
4. Bees busy on the newly made comb. This was a surprise (although it shouldn’t have been) the bees were building comb between the crown board and the top of the frame. This was because of the gap created by the eke.
After two weeks since the first tin of apiguard was placed in the hive, it is time to put in the second tin. Continue reading ‘Varroa Mite Control Part 3: Second Tin of Apiguard’
Published September 11, 2012
Beekeeping , Hive management , Permaculture
Tags: beekeeping, Charlton Estate, Charlton Estate Trust, Country Life, dead bees, Education, feeding bees, rapid feeder, syrup, Wantage
Published September 7, 2012
How to... , Raised Beds
Tags: Charlton Estate, Charlton Estate Trust, Country Life, Education, Foliat Drive Wantage, Foliate Drive, Food, hoops, Natural Science, no-dig method, Permaculture, poly-tunnel, polytunnel, Raised Bed Gardening, Raised Beds, Science, tunnel, veggie tunnel, Wantage
This blog follows-on from my earlier one about Raised Bed Construction. I show the reader how I constructed a hoop-tunnel for the raised beds. It is my intention to plant winter vegetables in these beds. I shall cover the hoops with a horticultural fleece when the weather becomes colder, hopefully this will promote plant growth over the winter.
Continue reading ‘How to turn a raised bed into a hoop tunnel’