Re: squarepeg 2015
I'll expand on the honeyflow characteristics a bit by stating that our spring flows in February are primarily for pollen, but an occasional surplus from maple can be stored. Early fruit bloom from pears and apples starts about the 25th of March and lasts to about the 10th of April with a week or two of variance depending on weather conditions. Beginning about April 15th we get our main flow which typically lasts 3 to 4 weeks tapering to a stop by May 20th. We have some smaller flows that fill gaps until Sourwood starts in early June. One year in ten, I get a super of sourwood per colony, however, there is enough to harvest and jar premium sourwood honey about 1 in 3 years, just not enough to fill a shallow super. Fall flows start around August 10th from goldenrod and meld into aster which can yield until November 20th. Most years we get about 30 pounds per colony from goldenrod and aster. I have never pulled fall honey because the goldenrod has an odd smell and the aster tends to crystalize. Overall average for the state is about 60 pounds. An active beekeeper who tends to business can produce 120 pounds per colony average.
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest