Re: Off-season Prep
As mentioned, you may not "need" to do all things mentioned but it's your call and it won't hurt to try things and see what works. When I get antsy during the off season, I go through all my boxes and scrape propolis (I use it for various things like tincture), scrape, patch and paint boxes, check comb and sometimes sort frames to keep brood and honey comb separate if I wasn't careful storing them. I make any new woodenware I might need (or rather, want) and I'll even take it all a step further by pruning fruit trees on the property, spraying with dormant oil so that I don't do that too close to spring. All that stuff is "bee" prep for me and it all feels good.
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