Sunday, May 9, 2010
The bees are here!! My second year as a bonifide beekeeper ( maybe last year shouldn't count since my mentors did all the heavy work for me!). I was able to add one more hive this year, my original intention was to add 2 hives but sadly, my bees didn't survive the winter. It is very hard to keep bees in a hive alive through a Minnesota winter, esp like the one we had this past winter. I wasn't even able to get to my hives until the end of February, and even then the usual 5 minute walk took me like 20 minutes because every step was a struggle, I was hip deep in snow, and so I had to pull each leg out entirely to make the next step, it was truly exhausting! A great work out though... I thought I was going to have to give up before I even got to the hives though, I was just whipped! And quite disappointed to open that first hive and find a whole mess of dead bees in there. Then finding the same thing in the second was quite devastating. I knew I wasn't going to give up, but it did put quite a damper on any grand hive expansion I might have had in mind.
Happily, my mentor was with me this time for homing my bees, and so I actually have pictures to help me tell my beekeeping story. I don't have a camera, since mine took a swim in the Atlantic on our vacation to North Carolina in April of 2008. Hence the reason my blog isn't filled with pictures... Someday, it will be but right now a new camera just isn't the priority.
So, I have 3 2 lb packages of bees to place in their respective homes. Last Monday, that is exactly what my mentor/friend and I did!