Here we are in late August. Change is in the air. It’s still hot and sunny, but the bees know something’s coming. They’ve shifted into winter prep. The queen is focused on building up a population of bees to help her through the winter ahead, while the workers are feverishly gathering anything they can to fill every available space. While winter doesn’t seem that close just yet consider it from the bee’s perspective. 12 bees spend their short lifetime collecting nectar, all to produce just 1 teaspoon of honey. To survive a winter in Indiana, the bees need a lot more than that, in the range of 100 pounds or so! The bees have built up well this year, but haven’t packed away quite as much as they’ll need to get by, so I’ll be watching this closely in the coming weeks. All the hives are into their winter setup of 3 boxes. They’ll be organizing things for the cold days ahead. Continue reading “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
Despite working in IT, I prefer spending my time outdoors. I enjoy beekeeping, hiking, camping, and about anything else I can do outside. A Do-It-Yourself’er, I’ve spent much of my life learning new skills like beekeeping, carpentry, mechanics, construction, and more. This gives a refreshing break from the days of screen time we all endure.