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jimpam4950 wrote: LadyPearl, I am studying to be a beekeeper and I get my first bees next month. From what I've read, I think they need to be fed a mix of sugar water (2:1 ratio) until the plant nectar is present. This will help them survive the months without plant blossoms.
I don't think you want to feed them year round because then their honey is just going to be from your sugar syrup (and not from the foliage around your area). One of the great qualities of local honey is the ability to help with alergies to local plants. By feeding them only sugar water I think this is defeated. But then again, I'm new to this and hope I'm not spreading false info.
It is very neat when you have friendly bees visiting.