Autumn is a very busy time for me. There are certain chores that I am driven to do, such as annual chicken coop sanitation, clearing the flower and vegetable gardens, and washing windows and screens. And then there are all the leaves. Since I started the new part-time job, I haven't had as much time for certain things...like beekeeping.
Good beekeepers check their hives every 7-10 days and keep log books. I haven't been a good beekeeper. I'll admit I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed with the bees. By mid-August, when other beekeepers were harvesting their honey, my bees had nothing for me. Nothing. This is when I started to think that perhaps they would not survive the winter.
The other day, I caught a glimpse of one of the ladies on some Sedum. By late summer when most flowers have faded, the Sedum is a favorite to the bees and butterflies. I suited up and braced myself for another dismal hive inspection.
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