Well, it’s official. My hives are a bust. I opened the hives yesterday to see if they’d done any comb-building at all in the upper story (the super), and there was NOTHING.
I’m trying to assume that they are simply biding their time, waiting for the goldenrod to bloom, but I don’t see how they will be able to store enough honey in that one brief season to get them through the winter.
So, I’ve put out sugar water for the yellow hive. The brown/white hive I think I’ll let be, so I’ll have two methods to compare.
The really happy news is that I gathered figs from my neighbor’s tree (with their permission, of course), and they told me this was the best harvest they’ve ever had. I’m just willing to bet that all the good pollination my bees provided had something to do with their bumper crop.
BEEattitude for Day # 299:Blessed are those who plant trees we can pollinate, for they shall be showered with the products of our industry.