Hello everyone i just went into my hive today to rearrange the frames to best suit them for the winter. I noticed there was not a huge amount of pollen inside the frames but lots and lots of honey. I was wondering how important pollen is in my climate here in the valley. If i need pollen do i feed them patties like from Mann Lake? I'm confused by patties because my understanding is the bees consume the pollen when they need it from patties not storing it, so would i wait until winter begins to add them? I've also already treated for mites with ApiGuard. I also plan on making a candyboard to place on the hive during winter. Any pointers on how to further prepare for winter would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks-
Jake