Honeybees!

Just in time for apple blossom, there are honeybees on the North End again. My mom and grandfather used to keep them when I was a little kid, but had trouble losing them through the cold, damp winters. After they gave it up, we would still get visits from honeybees belonging to Tessim Zorach across Robinhood Cove, but then he passed on and we’ve been short of pollinators ever since. I was doing some research and read that the new foam bee boxes make a big difference in overwintering ability, so I gave her a beginner foam beehive setup for christmas. She ordered some bees (Italian) and hived them last week. It was cold most of the weekend but we could hear them buzzing around inside and when we poked in we could see them massing at the top feeder. They came out briefly with the sun on Sunday afternoon, and apparently with the warm weather this week they have been very active in the flowering deciduous trees. If we get good weather hopefully they will make a good showing and we’ll harvest some honey come fall.

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