The Forsythia blossomed here Wednesday. The shad should be running in the Hudson now. Wonder if any of the Gabrielson boys are still fishing in Nyack… Well I got on the honey supers on today. All the hives seem healthy. I also filled the feeders. Last weekend the first feeding of the season took 20 lbs of sugar and another 15 later in the week. It will be cool on and off this week and the hives are still fairly light. There was capped brood in the hives when I looked down into the brood chamber. I did not want to pull any frames as I was worried about letting the brood chamber get too cool. I quickly put on the queen excluders and put a single super on. I did inspect all the honey frames and cleaned out a few with the remains of wax moths. Not too comfortable with these queen excluders. I there are not many bees in the supers by next weekend I will pull them out and risk a few brood in the supers. I did not add a super to the hive with the rescued bees from late fall as the population of that hive is still very low. Also the one pure Russian hive I am leaving and will perhaps use as a queen starter hive or split it. Not sure yet. Once the supers are all drawn out with comb I will pull the feeders.
Anyone can create a welcoming garden for pollinators. Turning your own yard or other property such as a schoolyard, work landscape, or roadside green space into a pollinator habitat is fun, easy and can make a difference for birds also. Planting a few flowers for your honey bees is like adding a few gallons of water to the ocean. Honeybees need on average about a square mile of good cover to forage on. However, adding a diverse mix of flowering plants to your garden will also attract butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, along with native bee species and the occasional wasps. These insects are essential to our survival and need to be welcomed into at the least a corner of our backyards. Besides providing a food source for pollinators flowers provide cover for other wildlife such as birds and also reduce neighborhood mowing area.