Shortage of bees
Everyone talks about the shortage of bees,but very few are prepared to try and improve this sad situation.
I have persuaded my daughter to go to a ’Bee club ’ and over last winter we bought three self build hives, of which one is now up and running. The first colony of bees cost £150 and our daughter drove to Oakhampton to collect them ( from Worcester )
At the Bee club ,and from books,she learned how to separate some of them and install into one of the other hives,hoping that a new Queen will be the result.( A few more days before we know if this is a success )
I live a few miles away from my daughter Adele,and being a keen gardener,I would like a hive in my own garden to improve the pollination of things like my runner beans which are suffering this year.Being in my eighties,I have decided that I am a bit old in the tooth to get too involved in this fascinating hobby,but have never the less just ordered another self build hive ,which will keep my husband busy for a while, and once I know that Adele can grow more Queen bees ,I will be lucky enough to have the pollination problem licked.
We could be too late for this to be any good for me this year,because the bees might not be laying eggs late in the season,but hopefully by next spring,we will have mastered these problems.
I can see that I will have to also the photography in order to show our results.
- 26 Jul, 2009
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