Out with the old, in with the new

Cleaning out old hives, getting rid of dead bees and too much honey comb inside the hives is not my favourite task, but it has to be done. Plus, it heralds the coming of spring, and with it, a bunch of new bee colonies–and you know what that means? Honey! It also means the time is drawing closer when we can really get our new, 11-acre permaculture farm up and running. And that means more yummy fruits and veggies, a clover cover crop, ducks in the ponds and goats…well, probably up in the trees. There’s a reason the young ones are called “kids.” They are always up to something!

 

Cleaning out a dead hive

Cleaning out a dead hive

A frame of honey

A frame of honey

Dead bees on a full frame of honey

Dead bees on a full frame of honey

Winterkilled bees

Winterkilled bees