Greetings from your WCBA president. My intent is to give pertinent beekeeping tips to you each month. This will help you with planning the work that needs to be accomplished to keep your bees healthy, strong, and productive. These tips are based on my timeline and the way I keep bees. Other beekeepers might suggest doing things differently. Remember if you ask 10 beekeepers how to do something you will get at least 11 answers.
Wow! It is November already, Day-Light savings has ended, cold weather will be here soon, and Holiday Season is coming. The honey harvest is finished and the bees should be ready for winter. I suggest you continue feeding as necessary and if you are going to treat for mites now is the time to get that done. Jacks presentation at the last meeting gave us several ways to set up your hives for winter and to continue cold weather feeding. Thanks for sharing Jack.
Now that we have all this honey, what do we do with it? Those who sell honey will be preparing and packaging it for market. Sellers of honey should be developing their marketing plan especially for the holiday season. Many of us will be storing it for winter use, cooking, etc.. Some of us will be preparing it for holiday gifts. Honey and other hive harvests can make wonderful, natural, and desired gifts. I will discuss honey gifts and packaging at the next club meeting.
I have received many reports that the bees had a good season. They appear to have sufficient stores for winter and will hopefully survive the winter which they will emerge from strong and ready spring. Thinking forward to next year, will you be adding more colonies or just remain at the same number of hives? Those that want to add colonies, you need to place orders for wooden ware soon so it will be on hand in early spring. If you will be adding an out yard, plan it and get it ready now as well. Spring will be here before you know it!
Do you want to learn more about beekeeping? Do you want to share your beekeeping experiences and knowledge with like-minded people? Then attend our monthly Club meetings where beekeepers share their knowledge and experiences, ask questions, and get/give advice. Come and join usNovember 11th 6:30 pm in the Sage Brush Room at the Mesa County Fairgrounds for our next meeting. We would love to share with you and meet you.
Howard “Howdy” Martsolf
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