The warm weather that usually comes with spring signals the queen and the hive to ramp up activity in preparation for gathering nectar, though it can often be a risky season too, and a time when hives are lost if not managed properly.
Up here in the mountains of North Carolina, we insulate our bee hives with bee cozies, to maximize warmth and winter survivability, which leads to stronger, healthier hives in the spring.Continue reading
It has been a disastrous year in Western North Carolina for bees and their beekeepers. A cold winter, followed by a wet, stormy, late spring, followed by floods and more storms means we have no honey for 2018. We're focusing on getting them ready to make it through the winter and look forward to a new honey season next summer.Continue reading
Twice a year the North Carolina Beekeepers Association hosts conferences with plenty of seminars and workshops to share the latest knowledge about beekeeping. This summer's conference had great speakers on the agenda with an abundance of information for novice and experienced beekeepers alike.Continue reading
Quality honey means honey that never has more than an 18% moisture level. In order to maintain this level, the honey must be harvested at the right time and extracted quickly in order to preserve its taste and quality.Continue reading