Friday, September 18, 2015
A Goldenrod Flow Like No Other
I think I might have mentioned a few weeks ago when I was mowing the bottom half of the hay field that I had briefly thought about leaving some of it because so much Goldenrod was coming up out there. After looking around a bit more I realized there was no point as this year there is Goldenrod EVERYWHERE!!!
This has to be the largest volume of Goldenrod blooms I have seen since I started keeping track about seven years ago. I never remember seeing so much Goldenrod in the back fields, along the fence rows or in empty lots before.
I have once again been neglecting my bees while focusing on sheep and hay. Last time I checked about a month ago several of the new hives had not built up enough to justify putting on a new super or brood chamber yet.
Here is one of the small hives today and we barely made it up into the mid to upper 80's with mostly cloudy skies. Bearding like that usually only happens when it gets well into the 90's or over crowding is happening.
Needless to say checking hives has now moved to the front of my "To Do List". I won't be able to revisit the list until Monday but there is another few weeks left to the flow yet so hopefully I am not too late to allow the girls more storage space.
As for the flow itself I can't say what it's like inside the larger hives yet but I can say that the distinctive Goldenrod honey smell that usually starts in late September or early October is now so strong you can smell the hives about 50 foot away. It's a hard smell to describe and I wouldn't call it the most pleasant of aromas either. It's kinda combination of imitation Maple syrup and dirty athletic socks.
But it makes great honey!!!!
I won't be able to make the final call for another few weeks yet but I am betting this years Fall honey harvest is going to be the largest one around here in a very long time.
Next Spring may even be a swarm season for the record books too. Looks like I am going to be banging together a lot of bee woodenware this Winter.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!