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.