Another Laissez-Faire Beekeeping Season

| 10/21/2013 3:44:00 PM

Erin BaldwinI must start with a confession. I have become a bit of a laissez-faire beekeeper. This has been the result of trying to juggle a busy toddler, a pregnancy and every day responsibilities. Let’s just say, I am not comfortable bringing Little Farmer T to the apiary with me quite yet (gentle movements … not so much) and my bee suit won’t zip over this enormous belly anyway. I am thankful for my sister, Amy, holding down the ins-and-outs of beekeeping for me during my preoccupation.

Last winter was long, rainy, snowy and downright bitter, and we experienced a lot of loss. We came into the spring season with just two hives, one of which was very weak. During the summer, we kept our hive numbers low and plan on spring 2014 as a rebuilding year with us purchasing package bees.


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All that considered, we were able to maintain a single strong hive through the summer and harvested a single shallow super that equated to a little less than 25 pounds of honey or about 2 gallons.

10/26/2013 12:59:11 PM

Thanks so much for your comment. I have just discovered the joys of baking fresh bread. I have been baking two loaves a week of Amish white bread and they are disappearing before they even cool. I will have to try honey on hush puppies... that sounds really good.

10/22/2013 4:43:26 PM

Erin, it just doesn't get any better that fresh bread and honey. I have baked bread in a long time. Maybe I should really get back into the habit of baking bread again. Our bread spread was real butter that oozed down into the crevices of warm bread. Warm bread doesn't favor being sliced so the kids would just tear it apart and slap a dab of butter on it before devouring it. While the bread was baking, my kids would watch the timer knowing the delight that was going to come out of the oven. I had to bake five loaves at a time because two were consumed before they got cold. ***** We used honey on the hush puppies that we bought at the local fish restaurant. The spout of the squeeze bottle would be inserted into the hush puppy and squeezed to fill the inside of the yummy deep fried ball. Then the hush puppy would be stuff in the mouth. Hmmmmmm Hmmmm good. ***** Have a great bee keeper day.

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