Tuesday, July 20, 2010

bee power

A man was driving down the road and ran out of gas. Just at that moment, a bee flew in his window.
The bee said, 'What seems to be the problem?'
'I'm out of gas,' the man replied.
The bee told the man to wait right there and flew away. Minutes later, the man watched as an entire swarm of bees flew to his car and into his gas tank. After a few minutes,

the bees flew out.

'Try it now,' said one bee.

The man turned the ignition key and the car started right up. 'Wow!' the man exclaimed, 'what did you put in my gas tank'?

The bee answered,

making wood

we had some winds a weekend back or so....it took down a REALLY big branch off a tree in the fenceline and our DEAD ELM tree (we decorated it and kept it up - as a bird roost). i guess we'll be making wood - for WHAT - i don't know!?

the mosquitoes are SO BAD in the backyard...in both QUANTITY and BLOODTHIRSTY-NESS. i have to spray repellent on just to harvest the garden!

we've been picking raspberries just about every night (good year for raspberries)...but don and i have a pact to do it TOGETHER - so it goes faster! it's got to look funny - both of us doing THE DANCE - raspberries in one hand - the other slapping at mosquitoes.

...and the BEES. they're doing SO WELL! the two "CARNIE" packages i installed this spring? - one has 4 supers, the other has 5! i'm waiting on "doing something" with my one queenless hive until the supers are off the other hives. i'm thinking that "any remaining population" - i'd combine with a strong hive. in the years past, i've always used BEE-QUICK to clear the supers - this year i purchase some BEE ESCAPE BOARDS - it's not the little escape you clip in the inner cover hole...this is a whole thing you put in place of the queen excluder. it's a MAZE for the bees to get out of the supers but not back in.

my harvest is scheduled for august 20. seems SO EARLY for me (i did move it up some)...but i have other commitments early september. i'd like to hit the hives hard with some powdered sugar treatments this year. i've been MONITORING the screened bottom boards - and the mite load DOES NOT seem too bad. one of the strong CARNIE hives has VERY VERY little in mites according to the sticky board....we'll see!

and with our WARM WEATHER and RAIN every 3 days....the girls are SO CRANKY! i normally don't smoke them to do a quick check....or to add a super....but you have to THINK TWICE about going near them these days!