Re: SC Beekeeping Blues
in it's true form ace, walt's checkerboarding for nectar management does not involve any manipulation to the broodnest, so in this sense i deviated.
Originally Posted by Acebird
truth is, i was too late getting to this one before it exploded with brood.
i debated whether or not to leave that medium of brood alone and just add a super of comb over it. but since i'm still in the trial and error (mostly error) mode i wanted to try a little bit of opening the broodnest. (not disturbing the nicely established nest in the deep was my insurance policy)
i think the reason walt's methods are not as appropriate in northern climes has more to do with the fact that most are overwintering in double deeps plus a super or two.
using just a single deep with a super of honey to overwinter here in the south results in the broodnest already being in the bottom box in late winter, (unless your are late like i was with this one).
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf