Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the body

Proverbs 16:24

One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees...

-Leo Tolstoy

He is not worthy of the honey-comb
That shuns the hives because the bees have stings

-William Shakespeare

Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.

-John Muir

The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.

-Henry David Thoreau

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Seasonal Information for May

Specific recommendations for Deep East Texas beekeepers by Robert Jones

May is the first time you will be able to possibly extract excess honey. On colonies that have the extra bee resources you will see excess only if the weather allows for it. Too much rain means that no extra resource will be there. If there is extreme drought the resources will not be there. Rainfall, along with warm days are essential to good nectar flows. The warmer the days the better the nectar flow will be and the cooler the days the slower the nectar flow will be. Either too much or too little rain and the nectar production will be low.

Always prepare for the flow by knowing the traditional days it starts and stops. Keep a watch on these seasonal plants to be sure of the actual timing of the nectar production. This will keep you ahead on supers.

The Mid to the last week of May starts the last big nectar flow of the Tallow which is the largest nectar flow in Deep East Texas. This flow will end in the third week of June. It flows a very long time and produces the majority of what we extract.

This is a good time to have new foundation pulled and extra honey captured. The plan is still not to get behind on adding your supers. Swarms will continue during this heavy nectar time. Continue to feed small growing hives for brood production.

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