Re: FLOW? What exactly is it and how do I know it's time?
Our flow here right now is not a strong one. But, going through a number of my yards I have taken 14 wearhouse pallets of honey to extract. I hope to get this done this week and get some of those wet supers back on the hives to see if they will be filled again w/ the goldenrod and maybe asters.
We don't usually get much aster honey because of when it blooms and the cold temperatures which occur then. But, w/ this year everything seems early and the heat is holding on. So, maybe we will have the right combo of early aster bloom and warmth enough for bees to fly. I would like to have some aster from my own hives to bottle and sell as a specialty. Maybe this is the year. Maybe I don't realize what I am asking for.
I hear that aster honey crystallizes in the comb and is hard for bees to winter on.
Mark Berninghausen "To float, upheld, as salt water would hold you, once you dared." Denise Levertov, poet