Thanks to the Polar Vortex it’s been abnormally arctic in Southwestern Ohio this year. We aren’t used to this kind of heavy snow, ice and below zero temperatures.
Local beekeepers are understandably anxious. Are their hives still alive? Will the bees make it until the dandelions start blooming? Should they have winterized more? Or in my case, winterized at all?
I went into December with two healthy hives. I started the season with four.
One of my hives never really got going, and the other was robbed by its next door neighbor. Needless to say, I’ll be moving those hives farther apart this year!
Over the past few days we’ve finally gotten some blessedly warm weather. Last Friday it hit 59 degrees, and with great trepidation, I ventured out to my backyard (aka Mt. Everest) to survey the bee situation. I was delighted to discover that both hives appear to be thriving!
I didn’t harvest any honey last Fall, so I’m pretty sure the bees have enough food for now. Nonetheless I’m planning to open the hives up for few minutes today to do a quick check and and slip in some fondant.
It was too sunny to get good pictures, but if you look closely you can see my happy girls flying. Happy Bee Season!!