Weds 13th September

The Apiguard has done it’s work, and feeding and winter preparations are next.

Peter and Jackie will be at the Apiary on 13th to carry various tasks. Due to the light issues they will be there at 16.00, four o’clock in old money. We realise that this earlier start won’t suit everybody, but if you can get there you’ll be very welcome as usual.

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Weds 23rd

Another good turnout. We added the second Apiguard trays, and checked the mite drop on the boards. This varied from a very low 80, to a high of 400, with most around 180 –  200ish, over the two weeks. So in all, not huge levels of infestation.

Clive and Gerry cut the grass, thanks chaps!

No meeting next week, once again we’ll leave the colonies in peace while the Apiguard does it’s work.

Wednesday 23rd August

We’ll meet at 18.30 as usual. So far the forecast is good. We’ll put the second trays of Apiguard in, and check the mite drop from the first.

We’ll have Apiguard for sale, price to members £1.75 per tray. You need two trays per hive. If you haven’t started treatment yet, you really need to soon. Payment in cash is preferred. Philip won’t let me give credit! So if you can’t get to Saturday’s meeting, bring some money tonight!

 

Going forward

Activity with the hives slows down now. We’ll leave them alone until a fortnight’s time, when we’ll check the mite drop and insert the second Apiguard trays.

Then it’s moving  supers under the broods, checking stores, and feeding if necessary. Mouse guards will need to go on, and woodpecker protection too.

Still plenty to be done though.

Allyn Thomas and Peter Willoughby will be taking on the task of re-felting the shed roof. We also want to install guttering and a water butt or two. Grass needs to be removed from around the shed base to avoid the wood rotting. Help will be needed although it’s unlikely that this will be a Wednesday evening job!  Watch this space for details please.

The grass in the Apiary will need cutting and cuttings tidied away.

The Apiary needs a general spruce up, piles of hive parts at the back gate, and at the side of the shed need sorting through, cleaning and tidying, or disposed of if they’re past it.

Used equipment in the shed will need cleaning up for next season, so we are ready to go with clean floors and brood boxes in spring.  Again, watch this space.

 

 

Weds 9th August, continued.

Well, nine brave souls turned up, and the weather gods let us off the hook!

We removed just one super for extraction, better than nothing, and left some part filled supers for the bees. Empty, or nearly empty supers were taken off and stored for spring. The first trays of Apiguard were put on six hives. By the time we had got to the poly and Hive 1 we had run out of light, that corner being rather shaded. We decided that Pete and I would return the next day to sort them out.

The Langstroth colonies had united nicely, and Jackie oversaw combining the brood boxes into one large colony. They had little or no stores, so they were fed Ambrosia, which will need regular topping up for a time.

THURSDAY, 10th,

Pete and I returned and tidied up the Poly hive, and Hive 1, and put the Apiguard on those and the Top Bar. We also tidied up the shed having left it in a bit of a mess last night as it was getting dark.

Wednesday 9th August

One forecast says one thing, another says something else! One minute the sky’s “black as Old Harry’s nutting bag”, the next it’s bright and sunny!

Accordingly, We’ll say tonight’s meet is on, with the proviso that if it’s chucking it down when you’re leaving home, don’t bother!

Apiguard is on the menu.

Dick.