When people hear I keep bees, The first thing they ask is How much honey do you make? Do you get stung? Which I answer.. Not Really and To Much In the future, I hope those to reverse themselves.
You can’t really do much about the yellow hornet, traps don’t work. Luckily they don’t attack in numbers.
Following a very wet rainy season and in less than four months, the stone terraces have turned a brilliant green. At first, I had no idea what this weed was and it turns out it’s a very common herb/spice used in Korean cuisine and known as wild sesame. It’s supposed to flower at the end of summer around September hopefully it’s a good nectar source. I just hope the honey doesn’t smell like the leaves 🙂
The Fence The bamboo fence for the apiary is harder to build than I first thought. Of course having to collect the bamboo, split it, find the good parts and then attach it to the fenceposts, really does make it labour-intensive. I wish I could’ve started sooner, but since you can only collect bamboo between the months of December and February I don’t really have much choice. The Field I am hoping this year I can use this field, I still haven’t got the okay from the owner, but I’m weeding out the ragwort in the field anyway because once this noxious weed (Madagascar ragwort) takes root it’s a real […]
Clearing space for new hives, pretty sure I can host 30 hives? … need a fence. 2014 5 Hives (hives would be nice) 2015 10 Hives 2016 20 Hives 2017 30 Hives New tool purchase… Weed Whacker!
I wanted something to play with over the winter months. So I decided to purchase this little device from Texas Instruments, at $25 including shipping it’s a steal. It connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth 4 and offers a wide range of sensors (see below) I plan to use this over the winter months to monitor the temperature and humidity of my beehives and to see how covering hive affects conditions inside. It’s gonna be a great new world when button-sized weatherproof sensors are priced around five dollars a pop and you can grab relative data while walking around the hives. Maybe I’ll be able to monitor for Giant Hornet Attacks […]
I wasn’t ready for this! I should say I wasn’t ready to see two of my hives covered in the Japanese giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia japonica). Since spring I have seen a few buzzing around but taking zero interest in the hives, Well the giant hornet that is, the yellow hornet (Vespa simillima) has been testing the bees defences over the summer months but never attacking the hives in great numbers. Armed with a fly swat I attempted to rid the hive from the attacking hornets. Not a brilliant plan, but the only thing I could do. Of course it didn’t work the Hornets turned their attention to me, luckily I was wearing my thick motorbike […]
3kg of honey is a good amount for the Japanese honey bee (Apis cerana japonica) The autumn wildflower honey has a mild sweet brown sugar flavour to it.
These bees are not doing well. Maybe this hive can be a test hive to see if I can move them into a different hive, or other type of hive. At present, they are in a Jubbako type （重箱式 じゅうばこしき） which I translated as “A traditional Japanese nested box style hive”, What a mouthful.
Had a little bit of a summer spend and brought some tools for bee keeping.