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Adding a second box to the green bee hive

We inspected the green hive today and the whole first box was full. They have been quite busy already. We saw capped brood and larva and even some capped honey. They have done a fine job building on the empty frames that had just a little wax strip at the top and bottom. So we added the second brood box with ten more foundation less frames. Jeff added a strip of wood into the top groove to give them something to get started with. Viridian was happy to eat some of the wax and propolis that we scraped off of the lid.  

Food Journal, Day 10

6:30 up, psyllium water 8:00 second workout at Portland Fit Body Bootcamp . The most sit ups I’ve ever done in my life. I think about 100 total, alternating with jump rope. I’ll be feeling that for sure. 40 oz of water so far 10:15 spinach, feta, shitake omelet 11:30 small handful of nuts on my way to a Beekeeping class at Zenger Farm. We learned about bee biology from Dewey Caron from OSU’s Master Beekeeping program. 2:00 small tuna stake on salad of lettuce, spinach, dandelion, miners lettuce and calendula, with avocado and dressing. Eaten mostly in the bee shed at Zenger Farm while we inspected most of the 9 hives there. Jeff, Viridian and I inspected the green hive. 5:30 Dinner: out at Elephant’s delicatessen. Chicken Cesar salad with a sided of tuna salad a pickle and extra dressing. The way to get enough protein and fat in a prepackaged salad. 1 bottle of kombucha Then we saw 1/2 of Howl’s Moving Castle on the big screen at NWFC’s studio Gibly special. In …

The bees are here

They came today on a truck from Cottage Grove. Four frames of bees and honey and a new, fertilized queen ready to lay thousands of eggs. After dropping the kids at school I drove to Ruhl’s bee supply in Gladstone to pick up the nucleus hive (nuc). It’s the small wooden box you see above underneath the hive. Since they are from only an hour away they should be used to our lovely wet weather. Kate and Mary Ann gave me great moral support when I struggled to open the lid of the box. It was only held in by two nails, but I swear it was the hardest part of the whole adventure. Next I moved the black feeding tray over. We might use it in addition to the entrance feeders if the bees go through more than a quart a day. It is quite cool and rainy these days, so they may need the extra food until they get a chance to find enough nectar in the neighborhood. We’re feeding them 1:1 sugar …

The new hive

The new hive is all set up and ready to receive the shipment of bees I’ll be picking up on Friday. I had been feeling a bit apprehensive about taking on another year of beekeeping, but now I’m just plain excited. My nuc is due to be picked up at Ruhls bee supply this Friday morning. It’s going to be a busy day. First dropping off a load of kids at Trillium Charter School, where V is in her second week. Then picking up the bees and installing them in the hive at the Kerr’s house. Once they’re all settled I’m off to my second weekend of herb school with Matthew Wood. Yay, for an exciting life.