On the list for 2013 is getting a bunch more hive equipment ready. Thanks to the strength of the honey sales from fall 2012 more deeps and supers could be purchased without going into the RED. Due to all of the other stuff that has been going on I chose NOT to make my own hive ware this year. I hope that next year at this time there will be less going on and I can make this stuff myself to save some money. Right now I just can’t do it.
Fortunately I’m not depending on bees for my livelihood. It is not feasible to make this my sole form of income and I am fine with that as long as the bees at least support themselves. Currently they are at least paying their own bills. The number of production hives will be between 20 and 30 in 2013. All hives will need between 4 and 6 supers a piece. For more specifics on putting frames together see Getting Framed from February 2012.
That unheated garage is a hard place to return to night after night. While out there I usually will have a glass of home-made wine and listen to some podcasts. One that I recommend is from The Beekeeper’s Corner. Kevin approaches beekeeping subjects from multiple angles. His presents good information and you can tell he is on a quest to figure out what will work best for his beekeeping operation.
A podcast that I feared had gone the way of the dodo is the Organically Managed Beekeeping Podcast. After a long lapse Craig released an episode on 12/31/12. I was glad when I saw he had put out some new content. I will be the first to say that the word “organic” like “natural” when used in reference to beekeeping immediately puts me on guard, but Craig’s podcast is really good. He has done some interviews that anyone thinking of treatment-free beekeeping really needs to listen to. I highly recommend the three part series from 2011 with TheFatBeeMan. His episodes are packed with information and sometimes you can benefit from a second or third listen.
Keep in mind that some of the opinions expressed in these podcasts may differ from your own and/or mine. You may hear about treatments and maybe even some feeding. Instead of focusing on differences in opinion I enjoy listening AND LEARNING from both. There is enough divisiveness in beekeeping already. Don’t believe any beekeeper solely based on their word, even “experts” who have books out there, but you can take those ideas and test them yourself. After testing you may find value in said ideas or you may determine they won’t work for you. You never know unless you try.
So what have you been up to? Spring will be here before you know it.
Do you have any podcasts you recommend while I toil away hour after hour out there?