Here in Northern California, early spring is here. As I drive through central valley (Fresno area) to Redding, I see bees situated for pollination of nut trees everywhere... 300 mile stretch.
My wife's small orchard is getting ready to bloom.. and some of the brood chambers are full of frames capped with honey. Really...I have to think there's no room for the queen to lay. Would hate to have her swarm.
Treated for mites in October, and (knock on wood) I think we have successfully made it through our first winter.
I thought the honey in the hive would be consumed through winter, but not really.
Should I harvest?