Wednesday, January 26, 2011

the bees are flying

Today felt like spring in the garden it was sunny and 54 degrees, the bees were out in full force.  I checked both hives by peeking inside and lifting the upper deep hive box to see what was going on.  I found both deep boxes still full and heavy with winter honey, and way more bees than I thought I would find.   They are doing so much better than they ever have through the winter.  If all goes well I will go into Spring with strong colonies, and may even be able to divide them in half, and end up with 4 hives, which is my goal.  2 hives just barely gives enough honey for us to last through half the year, and to give some as gifts to family and friends.


Zev said...

Wow, 54 degrees already? And greens popping up in the garden? Is that usual for Washington?

jewel said...

Hi Zev, no this is not normal for this time of year. Although almost every January around the third week, we will have temps for a few days warm enough for the bees to fly, and me to garden. That's why I get spring fever so early. Sorrel and parsley are always the early bird greens of the year.