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Friday, June 29, 2012

And at Morningside...

Two weeks ago I checked on the Morningside Hives.  I found them surrounded by ever-encroaching kudzu but doing fine.  Neither hive has honey to spare but they do have honey and uncapped nectar.

The blue hive was desperate for space so I gave them another box.

Now both hives are four boxes tall.  They did have brood and eggs and were surviving this Atlanta weather just fine.

This week I went back to look at the hives.  Two weeks later, the hives look about the same but the kudzu has continued to grow.  Vines were between and under both hives.  Since I remember last year when the Rabun hive got completely inundated by kudzu, I don't want that to happen here.

I pulled out my garden shears that are always in my bee bag and snipped and pulled kudzu.  Now at least the yellow hive has front door access!

And the secondary gain is that the whole hillside of kudzu behind the hives may bloom, yielding delicious grape-flavored honey.

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