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Rural Gardening: Finialy! I got some honey out of my bees.

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jylgaskin
Williamsburg, MI
(Zone 4b)

September 18, 2008
3:20 AM

Post #5566497

We raided the supers on my two hives. The newest hive from a split this spring had 5 frames filled as well as their brood boxes. By the time I was done uncapping, scraping, straining (and sticking to everything in the kitchen, including the dog) we ended up with about 6 quarts. The other hive which was from a split last summer had nothing in the supers at all. Anybody know why? It seems to be a strong hive with honey in the brood chambers and some drawn out comb in the honey super but no sweet stuff.

I figure that with the money it cost to get started and buy an additional hive when they split, my honey cost about 85 bucks a quart. I didn't even include the time I spent chasing swarms, feeding and fretting about bears.

I think I could have gone to the farmers market for a lot less. But boy did I get stuff from my garden! So I guess they were handy there. I wonder how much zuchinni is worth...
gone2seed
Milton, FL
(Zone 8a)

September 19, 2008
7:49 PM

Post #5573029

Just think...since you already have the equiptment and bees,next years honey will only cost you $50.00 per quart. :>)
jylgaskin
Williamsburg, MI
(Zone 4b)

September 19, 2008
8:02 PM

Post #5573062

I thought about that. By the time I'm 60 it will be free.

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