Sustainable Beekeeping in June

Sustainable Beekeeping in June

Posted on June 20, 2017

June marks the end of the springtime nectar and honey flow, as well as the start of the summertime honey flow. At Massey Honey Co we are huge champions of sustainable beekeeping. We have just removed excess honey from the spring blooms and are busy extracting at this time of the year. Populations of bees within the hive are booming and the hives are generally healthy!
Numbers in the hive can rise to 60,000 bees.
And as you can tell from the picture, the hives are full. We are dividing hives (called splits) and raising new queens which will later be used to re-queen aggressive or weak hives. Dividing and re-queening hives also serves as a natural method for controlling mites.
Buckwheat begins to bloom in late June in southern California and we will move hives for pollination later in the month. In addition, avocado trees are still in bloom, as well as flowers including thistle plants, mustard, bottlebrush, honeysuckle, fennel, lavender, purple sage, and toyon. Many of these blooms contribute to our seasonal wildflower varieties.
-MHC

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