Saturday, August 27, 2011
I had added a 2nd hive body to Venice - a deep. I took one beautiful full frame of capped honey from Venice. I was going to take a second but they have a begun putting brood in the two next closest full frames. I was surprised how heavy a deep frame full of honey was. I was also pleasantly surprised that my little extractor DID accommodate a deep frame - although two would've been nice for the balance.
No more mason jars! They are too messy. I bought these 3lbs jugs. This years harvest - 16 lbs. It tastes EXACTLY like previous years (unique and completely different from store bought). We have Persimmon trees, scores of acres of Tulip Populars, a nearby peach orchard, tons of blackberries and, thanks to the dairy down the road, 40 acres of alfalfa (which they tell me they cut 5 times right after it blooms). It seems thicker than previous years too. Good stuff! Should last a while and I'm pretty sure I left them plenty.
I didn't take any from my new split: Sicily. That colony has completely packed a medium 10 frame. I have been meaning to add another hive body - now I wonder if that would be a good idea. I really hope they'll winter. I am considering adding a lower medium and feeding them all really well before winter. I'd be bummed if my first split didn't over-winter. It's come a long way and overcome my mistakes.