Re: "lier or a fool"
if nasa can trust walt, maybe we can too.
(walt manned a station at mission control during the apollo moon shots)
and having met walt in person and having spent some hours discussing bees i can vouch for the fact that walt is no fool.
(unless of course i am, and that's possible... )
what walt is not saying in his op is that he had a run of several seasons with zero swarms.
that may be hard for some to believe, but i do.
i just completed my third full season with bees, and so far every one of my colonies have swarmed every year, except the ones this year that i had enough comb and honey to properly follow walt's checkboarding technique.
as expected, the ones that didn't swarm gave me 2 to 3 times more harvestable honey than the ones that did swarm.
david is right in that there is confusion about what checkerboarding is and isn't. the pov articles are good, but not as good as walt's manuscript.
the manuscript is currently only available directly from walt, and i heartily recommend it to everyone regardless of whether you are in the north or south, and regardless of what size boxes you run. i found it to be one of the most insightful works on colony dynamics through the year that i have read.
there was some discussion about making the manscript available for purchase here on the forum. it sure would helpful if we were all on the same page when discussing this topic. barry? walt? can it be done?
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf