The mild weather has allowed my bees to get out and forage, which is useful, as they are light on food. The colonies did not build up well, due to the lack of forage during the Summer, and I was late to start feeding. Having removed the feeders last week, with not enough food being taken down, I had hoped that the bees would bring some Ivy nectar, but that has not been the case. The future for my late season forage is shown below.
Whilst my head tells me that growing my own food is the most important thing that I do here at The Sustainable Smallholding, my heart tells me that it is my bees that are most important to me. It’s only now, with the bees active again, that I realise how much I’ve missed them for the last three months. Here’s a short update on how they are.