After 30 plus years, I am finally back into it again! I installed my first package of Russian today, and next Monday I will be doing another package of Russians and 5 packages of Italians.
I built a bee area last fall and got all my supplies together. I am using Kelley's cyprus screened bottom boards, Mann Lake hives, and Dadant top screens. To start my hives out, I picked up extra deep hive bodies also from Mann Lake, built them and painted them light gray. I use them to cover up the 4 - 1 qt jar top feeders from Kelley.
I have a privacy fence wind break shaped in a "U" and the hives face the east. Around this fence, I have planted black berries, goose berries, boysenberries, yellow raspberries, and blue berries. In the area outside the fence, I planted 4 almond trees and 2 hazelnut trees.
When I figure out how to post some pictures, I will share them.
Overall, I was very worried about starting today. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were rather cold, rainy and windy in my part of VA, however, the Lord smiled on me today and gave me 75+ degrees and almost no wind this morning.
I ended up later this afternoon sitting beside the hive after I started the package at 10 am and I ended up watching them for about an hour. I was amazed that they were already bring in pollen by the load. I even got the chance to watch them chase off a wasp that got a bit to close to the entrance. One of my sons came and hung out and was very excited also...he has dreams of selling some honey and already has been getting some pre-orders from school. I tried to tell him that it may be awhile - but it did not squash his dreams.
The last time I had hives I was 10...my father was still alive then...and I can still hear his voice telling me to pay attention, that I may need to know how to do this someday. Thank you dad, I miss you...and thank you Beesource for filling in the blanks lost since my childhood.