The weather has been strange and not fulfilled early promise; access to my hives has been difficult through building work and soil movement and yet here we are – time to get the girls ready for winter.
The building works and a few accidents have changed the ‘floral supermarket’ and so during winter I am planning to restock mostly with the bees in mind. Honey yield will possibly squeeze to just 20 lbs – I really want to do better next year. My second colony still looks a little sparse. I wonder whether a poly hive is worth a try to give them better chance to keep warm? http://www.modernbeekeeping.co.uk/item/192/5010—national-hive