Archive For The “Always be learning” Category

Autumn approaches..

By | September 7, 2013

September has arrived, bringing the cooler weather of autumn, and fewer flower blooms (meaning less nectar and pollen). Thankfully England does a great autumn, with those lush green broad leaved London plane trees, Horse chestnuts, and lime trees putting on a fantastic show of colour. August is the usual time to harvest honey at the […]

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Show me the honey!

By | July 28, 2013

Around this time of year, beekeepers are assessing their honey stocks. All going well, through spring and summer the bees will have collected enough honey to feed on over winter, and the beekeeper can harvest the surplus. Bees need to convert nectar into honey, chemically converting the sugars with enzymes, and dehydrating to contain less […]

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A challenging start to Spring

By | May 27, 2013

Spring has started a month late this year. It wouldn’t be fair, or true, to blame the weather on my challenging start to the 2013 beekeeping season. But it’s tempting none the less.. The good news… Honey is in the house! The bees have been enjoying the warming weather, collecting pollen and nectar. Roughly, honey […]

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What-ho! Onwards!

By | May 19, 2013

We might not be having the most glorious Spring weather, but the colony is certainly progressing well. Most importantly, the new queen has been let out of her cage, was accepted by the colony, and has started laying eggs! #result I have to admit I wasn’t quite expecting to manage a swarm this year, nor […]

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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┬ánearby 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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