‘Beekeeping in Canada’ talk by Peter Keating at 2.30 p.m. on 20th December 2014
Hastings and Rother Division have invited Peter Keating a Beekeeper from Canada to speak on ‘Beekeeping in Canada’at Mountfield Village Hall Church Road, Mountfield TN32 5LG.His talk will cover his experiences in Alberta with a 1,500 two queen colony business, some pictures of queen rearing in California and many pictures of beekeeping in Quebec, Members of neighbouring associations are welcome. Contact our secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org you are planning to attend.
The 2015 indoor meetings start again on January 20th at St. Edith's Hall, High St. Kemsing TN15 6NA. For details of the hall, click here to link to their web page. All Indoor Meetings plus the Summer Apiary Meetings are detailed in the 2015 programme.
Looking for an Apiary Site in Ightham?
Colin Mitchem writes: "We have a 4 acre apple orchard in Ightham which is currently still farmed. Our house and a formal garden are located on one side of the orchard and within the garden we have two areas where the grass is left uncut. We are interested in having a bee hive in one of these areas but probably don’t have the time to look after the bees. If someone is looking for a lovely location to place a bee hive please contact Colin Mitchem on 07732 781196 or e-mail email@example.com."
Creamed Honey If you have Oil Seed Rape nearby you will need to take off your honey crop as soon as it stops flowering and to make your honey more saleable you might like to try creaming your honey. Click on this pdf document for details:
Autumn & Winter Feeding A colony will need 16/18 kg of stores to keep them going through the winter. If you take the honey off late August a strong colony should collect this over the next couple of months. If they do not then read the pdf document below on autumn & winter feeds.
Thymol Treatment Recipe If you have several hives, using Apiguard can be quite expensive. Have a look at this Thymol Treatment Recipe which if you buy a 500g Tub from Thornes can cost about 1/5 of the cost to treat the same number of colonies.