Our bees have been very busy this summer. They have been building lots of combs and filling them fast. Regular monitoring of the hives is very important this time of year. Checking on the bees using the inspection window is a time saving practice and a great way to monitor the hive activity without disturbing the bees. It only takes a few minutes to add a bar or two to your Manzer Top Bar Hive to keep your bees happy and to prevent swarming.
Summertime can bring about many issues with beekeeping such as ants, swarms, cross combing, earwigs, and bearding. We have been getting a lot of calls and emails from our customers and we are always happy to answer questions and offer solutions. For some of our local customers, we have even made visits to their hives to help resolve any issues they were having. With nearly fifty hives, both EZ Hive and Polli Pods, we at Manzer Apiary have been busy adding top bars and splitting hives.
Earlier this year we attended Saltscapes and Spring into Summer where we promoted our Top Bar Hives. Over the next couple of months, Manzer Apiary will be at various events throughout the region. We will have booths at the Tall Ships Event, Wharf Rat Rally, and the Maritime Honey Festival. Charles and Cindy Andrews who teach our workshops will be giving talks at three events in August. Check out our events page for dates and locations.
There has been a lot of interest in the Manzer Top Bar Hives this year and sales have been good. We also hosted two beekeeping workshops, one in May and another just recently in July. The workshops teach new beekeepers how to work a top bar hive, how to look for and resolve issues, and other valuable information to be confident working with a Manzer Top Bar Hive.
At Manzer Apiary, we have begun to build a garden for our bees. It is our goal to create an inviting space for our visitors as well as the bees, using bee-friendly plants such as lavender and bee balm. It is important when creating a garden for bees to plant flowering plants that attract bees as well as having continuous blooms from early spring until late fall. There are many online resources where you can find information on the flowers that grow in your area so you too can create an inviting space for honeybees.