After a summer of slow and steady growth, the asters are blooming–a sign of the last nectar flow before winter arrives. The hive has also grown all summer and has a full stock of honey for the winter.
I asked the bee inspector to stop by last week for a consultation. After hearing stories of various problems in others’ hives, I wanted to make sure that my assessment was correct. The inspector removed hivebodies with little effort–a skill I hope to have one day–and confirmed my analysis. He did suggest treating for mites before the winter comes, so I ordered some Mite Away Quick Strips. After their application, there will be little to do before winter when I have to wait for spring to see if the bees emerge.