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::with gratitude to the bees - an unexpected honey harvest::

 

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A couple of weeks ago I checked in on my bees and determined one of the two hives that I tried to overwinter was still buzzing.  Yesterday, checked in with intentions of adding a pollen patty (protein source) and I found that the small cluster of bees that made it through the winter had since perished.   

This hive was strong going into the winter and even now had quite a surplus of honey.  I decided to take three frames of honey for an early spring harvest, saving a couple of full frames for the for the new bees that I will be starting over with later this spring.  

6a01053643b439970b017616aaff75970c-500wiThis was a fun learning experience that resulted in a yield of wonderful raw honey from my very own hives…and a very sticky kitchen.

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I used the "crush and strain" method to harvest my honey, using materials and supplies I had on hand - learning as I was going along.IMG_9181

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I also rendered the wax to use for lip balm and lotion bar recipes.

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Even though I will be starting over this spring, I am happy with my unexpected harvest, and I am eager to embark on another season of beekeeping.

 

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