Actually as of yesterday I've been keeping this blog for one year! Think how many bees have come and gone on my deck during the year.....thousands upon thousands! I've done my best to record all the successes and failures. In the process I've
- lost one hive and one camera,
- learned to use a hammer and nails for many different construction projects including building hive bodies, putting together frames, and creating a robber screen.
- harvested honey using both the crush and strain method and making cut comb honey
- learned several ways to feed the bees
- tried to cope with the Varroa mite and the small hive beetle using non-chemical methods
- worked with starter strips and began the process of regressing to small cell
- learned a lot about the weather
- paid much more attention to what is blooming when in Atlanta
- found wonderful resources for bee knowledge on the web, in classes I've taken, and in my Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association
- met both in person and on the web a very diverse and fascinating group of people who also keep bees
- realized how much, much more I still have to learn about bees and beekeeping.
Keeping this blog has kept me on track with my project and has been very fulfilling. I will BEE continuing as I grow and increase in my bee experiences in this second year of the blog.