Spring

 

Spring is the time we start thinking about Growing Degree Days (GDD) and what natural sources of nutrition are available for our bees. 

Check out this calendar from The Ohio State University and see what is available or what will soon be available in your area.

 The Ohio State University Phenology Calendar

Maple trees bloom early and Dandelion is one of the first flowers to bloom, but there are a variety of other sources of food for our bees. 

Maple Bloom By J. Favaron
Dandelion, Early Spring Food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is the time to install packages.

Installing a new package of bees.

You may decide to split a larger hive and add a new queen.

Queen in Queen Cage

It is also swarming time.

Swarm on a Branch