This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, May 25, 2015

bee notes

For the past 5 weeks, Siri has recorded my bee notes for me. A good idea in theory, BUT I'm going to switch to an old-fashioned paper and pen notebook. Aside from my cell phone getting streaked with bee's wax, its hard for me to translate what Siri records. Here's my best translation from yesterday's hive check:

I'm checking my beehives. It's early Monday morning, Memorial day. An over overcast morning and the smells are so amazing. The smell of flowers is heavy in the air (and burgers??). I'm going to check the beehives.

White hive: The top box has 3 1/2 frames build out it looks like they're all food frames. The bottom box has 3 1/2 frames of food. There are five full frames of brood. I can see eggs and larvae of all stages. I was getting afraid that it had so much food that there would be no brood. I did not see a queen - this hive has a marked queen so I should have seen her, but did not. Certainly plenty of evidence she is here and active. There are a lot of ants on top of the inner cover. I swept them out.

Green hive has the equivalent of two frames of food in the top box. The bottom box has equivalent of two frames of food, two empty frames and the rest brood. I can see eggs and all stages of brood, but again I did not find a queen.

Flowers blooming today are honeysuckle, ajuga and wild phlox. The temperature is about 60-80F.
Most of these notes, I could translate or revise to make sense, but Siri can't distinguish when I say "food' and "brood". Well, she just doesn't know the word "brood" I think, and she will substitute random things. Sorry Siri.

Here's a comparison of my two hives five weeks after installing them. (Both had a second box added 2.5 weeks ago and their frame feeders removed the following week, so they each have 20 frames total now.):
Bee Record.xlsx

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Blogger Milena Damianova said...

I think you will love this

May 29, 2015 9:47 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Milena, this is fantastic!! I love it. I've heard about the flow hive, but this is a great video.

Maybe someday I'll try a flow hive. I'm starting off all conventional while I'm learning. But my teacher (Rick of, who is very conventional and cautious thought these we great. I'll have to ask if he's tried one yet.

Have you tried this?

June 01, 2015 11:13 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I came across a great paper reporting on the relationship between hive size (number of bees) and the amount of food stored. Like my bees, smaller hives stored less food relative to the number of brood, and larger hive stored more food relative to brood.

I would think it would eventually even out because the smaller hive will become bigger faster, since they are producing more brood.

We'll see...

Today is one week later. I usually check my hives on Monday, but today is very we and cool. I think the hives are established enough (and I have gotten the idea of whats going on in them) for me to move to checking them every other week.

I will do a sugar roll next week to check on the mite level. And, when the second box is about 50-70% full, I'll start a 1-week formic acid treatment (MiteAway2) (maybe week of June 15?). I expect a 90% decrease in mites from this treatment. Treatment should be just before my honey super goes on. With luck, I'm hoping to get the honey supers on the first week of July. That will be exciting!

June 01, 2015 12:11 PM


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