Cabarrus County Beekeepers

Bob's Flower and Hive Report

March 2015 Meeting

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Hive Report

Hives are looking better. A few swarms have been reported. Reverse boxes again if needed. You can checkerboard by placing empty outside frames to the center for more brood, except if it’s real cold. You may have chilled brood. But don’t worry – not life or death.

Super your bees. Place 3 or 4 supers of drawn comb and just one super at a time if you only have foundation. Needs to be 60 degrees or more to add supers. Take your feeders off when you add supers. Very important to keep feeders on new package bees.

You can bank a queen for 2 months if needed. It’s best to keep the wood side down for the queen to walk on. Second week in May you can start Doolittle splits.

There has been an emphasis on feeding pollinators, including Monarch butterflies, by the Obama administration and the N.C. Agriculture Commissioner, Steve Troxler.

“Garden Plants for Honey Bees” by Peter Lindtner is a good book for beekeepers. The plant rating guide is a useful tool. The Cabarrus County Soil & Water Conservation could benefit from having a copy. A motion was made by Stan Frick to buy two copies of this book; one for our library and one for the Cabarrus County Soil & Water Conservation. The motion was second by Mike Wallace. It was voted on and passed.


Flower Report

Blooming Now:

Henbit, Dandelion, Rosemary, Slippery Elm, Winter Honeysuckle, Vetch, Red Bud, Plums, Peaches, Pears, Quench Flower, Greens: Rapes, Radishes, Mustard

What To Plant:

Trees - Apple, Peach, Linden (Shiloh Nursery may have in stock.) White Clover in a week or so.