Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Honey Harvest

This past weekend, Andy and Lindsey came home from Charlotte for a visit. Neither of them had ever had an opportunity to wear bee suits and see the inside of a hive. So we decided to suit up and pull off the supers that were going to be used for our honey harvest.We pulled off two supers and closed them up with a one way exit on the top...trying to rid the supers of as many bees as possible. Then we let them sit until the next day.
We actually extracted the honey on Monday with the help of our good friends, Tim and Ann. We were able to spin off ten pounds of honey...not enough to sell, but enough to get us through the next few months.

This year was a "growing" year. The beehives were new and these bees had much work to accomplish....building honeycomb, raising brood and storing the winter's honey. So, all in all I count this as a successful year.

5 comments:

  1. That is so cool. What is a super, a superintendant? Like a Queen?

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  2. That is so cool that you made your own honey!

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  3. I'm so jealous and envious and any other word which could possibly describe how much faster I want the year to go by so that next year we can start our own bees. Good job and good luck you your hive!

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  4. 10 pounds?!?!? I wouldn't know what to do with it all! That is awesome! I'm glad your bees are doing well.

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  5. That is great, Bev. I would love my own hives and having our own honey. Enjoy the fruit of all of your hard work.

    Ruth

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