We lost five hives of bees last winter and were very skeptical about having any honey this year. Hubby has checked the hives frequently and has taken one honey super off and two frames from one other super. The frames left are full but not capped yet. Normally we have several swarms each spring but this year we’ve only had one. The bees that swarmed took over a hive that the bees died in last year. Hubby has doubled the hive body in hopes of making them stronger and able to store more honey for their winter survival.
He’ll take the supers off in another month so that the bees will prepare their hives for winter. The honey he has taken off is still in the supers at the moment because he has so much other stuff to do and he’s waiting on the frames left to get capped. We don’t have a lot of bloom for them to work now except for white and red clover which makes gorgeous, sweet honey. They are also working on the Queen Anne’s lace, yarrow and wild daisies in the fields. The bee’s were very happy with the sourwood and chestnut bloom a month ago also.
The jars are ready for the honey and hubby has been cleaning up some more frames to place in the supers when he takes out the capped honey. The bee’s will work to fill it and he’ll leave it for them to feed off of until he takes the supers off for the winter.
He will sell most of the honey but I’ve asked for three quarts to stay in my kitchen. I use it to bake my bread and sweeten any dishes that call for sugar. I love honey on a hot biscuit or in a hot cup of tea!