Re: should bees be fed during "summer dearth"?
I "feed" by planting nectar producing plants, and also with a bucket of syrup, if the hives are light. I think I can keep Buckwheat blooming until Halloween , if I work at it.
but the bottom line, is the bees have to make it through the winter. I also occaisionally make splits about now, so I can worry about whether it was the right thing to do, or not. ( they get in hive feeders) Roll the dice & take your chances. or try it both ways. Good Luck with your bees. CE
Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.