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December 2020 Apiary Notes

November 27, 2020 John Macdougall 0

I like to visit apiaries occasionally during the winter to make sure colonies are ok as storms can cause damage with fallen trees etc. All colonies are ready for winter now with mouse guards, woodpecker […]

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October 2020 Apiary Notes

September 30, 2020 John Macdougall 0

Now we are into October the weather has turned more autumnal although the bees are working the ivy during sunny spells. In fact some hives are working as if there is summer flow so they […]

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September 2020 Apiary Notes

September 4, 2020 John Macdougall 0

Now we are approaching September we need to consider feeding our bees to ensure they have enough stores to last till next spring. Also varroa treatments should be complete by now or well under way. […]

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August 2020 Apiary Notes

July 27, 2020 John Macdougall 0

In my last apiary notes I mentioned that we need to consider our varroa treatment which should start as soon as honey is removed – ideally by early August. My opinion is that varroa levels […]

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