Kathy, (aka "Bessie"), and I began our beekeeping experience in the fall of 2008, when we began a year-long course in beekeeping through the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We got our first package of bees in April of 2009. At the suggestion of our daughter, Jessica, we are logging our beekeeping experience. Hope you find it interesting. It has been interesting, rewarding and entertaining for us as well.
Labor Day Harvest
Just a quick update. We collected frames of honey from all 3 hives,
though we'll extract only 11 frames. We left a super on each hive.
Some frames are completely filled and capped on one side, while others
are about 70% capped. It will be at least a couple weeks until I can
check them again. This may be our final extraction, though, since I may
save those frames for late fall feeding. Given the weather and the
fact that two of the three hives were started this summer, we've done
all right with honey and will have over 100 lbs. for the season. I'll
update this tomorrow or the next day with some photos and the amount we
extract. I'm guessing a bit over 2 gallons.
Tomorrow night we're going to a screening in Iowa City of the film "More Than Honey".
Our state apiarist, Andy Joseph, will introduce the film. I've seen
the trailer and it should be very interesting visually at least.