Tag Archives: Winter

The Longest Winter

It’s been a long winter here in the mountains in the northwest corner of the lower 48 states. It started snowing the first week of December and has just recently stopped. We did have a 1 ½ week break where … Continue reading

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Storing Bee Hive Frames in Winter

I search continuously for easy, efficient, nontoxic ways to deal with bee equipment. Storing frames for winter has been an evolving technique. I am pretty happy with my new set up: stacking frames in boxes set on their sides.   … Continue reading

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Snow At The Hives

The February snows have arrived.  I woke up last Sunday to the realization that a bit of snow had fallen and it was not going to stop.  That slowed things down a bit this week, thus this photo essay of … Continue reading

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Dressing for Winter Markets

Layers & natural fibers : the way I keep warm at long winter markets. Continue reading

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Making Bee Candy (aka Fondant)

I leave lots of honey on my hives in the winter.  Usually about 70 pounds for established hives, a bit less for the smaller hives.  In a normal year this will provide food for the bees from October, when forage … Continue reading

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Winter Preparation : The Final Steps

Final Winter Preparations at Brookfield Farm : Feeders out, Insulation in; rain hats tied down. Continue reading

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Winter Preparation : First Steps

Winter Preparation begins at Brookfield Farm: Treatments for Nosema and Varroa Continue reading

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Checking Hives In February

A February check on the bees at Brookfield Farm, Maple Falls WA. What was found: from strong to dead. How this year’s honey & pollen configuration seems to be working out. Continue reading

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Preparing Bees For Winter Part 3: Nucleus Hives in Winter

Over-wintering nucleus hives at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey, Maple Falls, Washington. What I usually do, and this years experiment. Continue reading

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Preparing Bees for Winter at Brookfield Farm Part Two: Physical Preparation

Preparing Bees for Winter at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey, Maple Falls, WA – Part 2 : Physical Preparation. Insulation, “Rain Hats”, Tie-Downs, and Wrapping (to wrap or not to wrap, that is the experiment). Continue reading

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