Archive For The “Walmer Gardens” Category

The perils of Winter

By | March 23, 2013

Today most likely marks the coldest Winter in 50 years, with snow falling in London (and the rest of the UK) in the last weekend of March – one week before British Summer time starts. HA! I say likely, because we dont yet know officially¬†how cold it will get. I suspect this weekend may break […]

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London Orchard Project

By | February 10, 2013


Practicing beekeeping opens your eyes to the environment, and to the seasons. Will the weather be warm? wet? windy? sunny? this week? this month? What flowers and forage are¬†nearby and coming into bloom? In the allotment I notice apple trees, victoria plums, pears, berries, and a wide range of vegetables budding, blooming and fruiting, and […]

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West Ealing Massif

By | June 30, 2012

It’s been about a month since I last visited Walmer Gardens. When I last visited, we were putting on the first super, where the bees are encouraged to store honey. Today, we found that they had filled all of the first super, all of a second super, and it was time for a third! The […]

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Stop. Super time.

By | May 19, 2012

The Walmer Gardens colony is doing well. They’ve grown from a 5 frame nucleus into a healthy colony with brood in all stages, lots of active bees, pollen and nectar. They now occupy all 10 frames in the brood box – time to put an extension on the hive so they have more space. Taking […]

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Wet Spring out West

By | April 28, 2012

The Walmer Gardens hive was checked this Saturday. As mentioned before, Spring 2012 has gone a bit soggy and today was no different. Generally you want to check hives when it is above 16 degrees C, and dry. Bees need to keep their larvae and pupae warm to allow them to develop. Honey is (partly) […]

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