We live in Seattle/close to Burien and are brand new to bees. I have read some books, but have no first hand experience with bees. My whole family is completely in awe by what they have done so far. I have a top bar hive and introduced a packaged colony to them about three weeks ago. They seem to be doing very well and have produced 8 beautiful combs so far. Here are my questions:
1. I have been feeding them 1:1 sugar water. Blackberries and wildflowers are blooming. Is it ok to cut back on the sugar mix during this season?
2. They seem to being doing well at building comb and have produced 8 so far. Should we expect them to begin producing honey this season and if not what does fall and winter feeding look like? Do I need to supplement with more than just sugar water?
Thanks so much!