Post by sallybozarth on Jul 24, 2016 14:42:20 GMT -7
What to do in the apiary in July: Generally, mid-July to the beginning of August is about the time of year that the summer dearth begins. The bees will not be bringing in much nectar so they won’t be drawing out any more wax. For the beekeeper, it’s time to think about harvesting your honey and consolidating the hive to crowd the bees. Don’t forget, the bees will need between 80-100 pounds of honey this winter, so make sure you leave plenty of honey for the girls. Also, it’s a good time to check if you need to re-queen before it’s too late in the season. Lastly, we usually treat for varroa mites in early August. Once the honey supers are off, you will want to do a test for varroa mites then treat the bees.
For questions, answers and more details on any of the above, please join us at T.V.B.A.’s next meeting, at 6:00 p.m. on August 30th at 225 S. First Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123.