Getting Ready!

quincebud

MB: Before I give you an update, I thought this picture of almost-blossoming quince buds would cheer you up. Spring really is here, it’s just been a little hard to believe.

hivestand

Ray made a slatted bottom board and a hive stand. So now the hive really is ready for its new residents.

I just finished making a batch of sugar syrup for the bees. They’ll need to eat it when they first get here. I had five pounds of sugar for the first week and thought that’d be fine, but I just found out they can consume up to ten pounds in the first week. I don’t remember reading that in the books — and it wouldn’t be the first time some important piece of information was missing. Thank heavens I’m such a freak and keep reading everything on the web! I only hope that there’s nothing else I’m missing.

In the meantime, I had to order more sugar on Peapod so I can make another batch of syrup. The mix is a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar and add 1 teaspoon of Honey B Healthy for every quart of syrup. I wonder how much more I’ll need. I guess it’ll depend on what is blooming and if it ever warms up here.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the bees should arrive tomorrow. And if you think writing that didn’t set off a swarm of butterflies in my stomach, you’ve got another think coming!

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