We finally have some warmth around here. Puddles have never looked so nice after so much freezing weather.
I'm sorry to share that we lost both of our hives. The North Hive, which we knew was weaker, was no longer alive shortly after the first polar vortex. We had hope for the South Hive after they made it through at the beginning, but I'm sorry to say that it didn't last.
Though we were disappointed that we couldn't get the girls through the tough winter, we have been encouraged to know that we're not alone: a lot of beekeepers we know in the area have lost their bees, too. In fact, most people I know have had a hard time even staying positive this winter. It's just been so cold.
Looking toward the new year (of beekeeping)...
We have ordered three packages of bees for three hives! They should arrive at the end of April, so we have some work to do to get the hives ready. I'm really looking forward to sharing the little changes we're making for this year. We're pretty excited to get our new bee girls!
I'll be writing more frequently as the season gets going, so please check in again soon!