Spring has finally started to show around the bee yard. There were moments I honestly despaired that spring might never arrive.
Mud is becoming more frequent and squishier with all the snow melting. We revived over nine, yes NINE feet of snow in the bee yard. But Turkey Vultures, skunks, and woodpeckers rapping on trees are more more welcome signs of spring!
Many signs of spring are important to bees and beekeepers. The red tips of maple trees are a sure sign that one of the most important nectar sources is on the horizon. Maple trees will be in flower in a few short weeks providing much needed pollen and nectar for the bees as they emerge from their winter of cuddling.
To help them get going this spring, I plan to feed them the remnants of their own honey from last year but I don’t expect that to go very far. I might need to supplement with sugar syrup.
In the spring I use a 1:1 sugar syrup. This means that for each cup of sugar I use one cup of water.
I measure out both the water and the sugar so I am ready. I start the water heating and when it is boiling, I add the sugar and then remove the heat.