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Check for varroa
As your colony has expanded the number of mites will have also increased. The Bee Gym or Bee Gym Slim allows the bees to groom mites off themselves. Some beekeepers will also dust with icing sugar. A mesh varroa floor, with the tray removed is important to stop the mites crawling back into the hive.
Now the weather has improved (and provided you are not in an area with a June gap), your colony will be rapidly expanding and pulling in the nectar. Giving bees extra room for brood and honey will help to prevent swarming by not constricting the colony. Regularly check your hive for swarm cells.
If you find queen cells you may want to take this opportunity to split your colony. It is up to you to either leave the queen cells and hope they will get mated, or to buy in a new queen.
It the weather takes a turn for the worse again, ensure your colony has plenty of food stores. You may need to remove the supers and add feed. If you feel this will constrict the colony too much add a second brood chamber. The extra drawn out brood frames will always come in useful.
It is still not too late to put out bait hives/nuc boxes. “A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon”
How to Mark a Queen Bee: New Tutorial Video
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Honey Recipes by Gill Meller
Chef and award-winning food writer Gill Meller shares his latest honey recipe! Impress your friends by serving these honey-roasted seeds with chilli, thyme & rosemary on top of salads or as an appetizer.
Honey-roast seeds with chilli, thyme & rosemary
- 100g (3½oz) pumpkin seeds
- 50g (1¾oz) linseeds
- 50g (1¾oz) sunflower seeds
- 25g (1oz) sesame seeds
- 4–6 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked
- 1-2 teaspoons chilli flakes
- 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons runny honey
- Heat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3. Place all the seeds in a bowl. Tear over the rosemary leaves, add the chilli flakes and tamari or soy sauce and toss everything together well.
- Spread the seed mixture out over a large, flat baking tray. Drizzle over the honey as evenly as you can, then place the tray in the oven. Bake, turning with a spatula 2 or 3 times, for 12–15 minutes, until fragrant and looking toasty.
- Remove the tray from the oven and allow to cool, again turning the seed mixture several times during cooling. The seeds should cluster up a little as they are turned.
- Serve straight away, or cool thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container for 2–3 months.
WIN a Nucleus Box for B.S. Frames
We’re very happy to say Mr Hughes from Hampshire won our last monthly beekeeping competition!
Our next beekeeping quiz question is here, and this time you have the chance to win a Nucleus Box for B.S. Frames – worth over £50.95!
All you need to do is answer via our survey, and all correct answers will be entered to a prize draw. The draw closes 28th June – Good Luck!
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