Friday, February 25, 2011


Dear Mom,
My bee hive didn't make it through the winter.  The colony is dead.

I don't know why. 
The bees had plenty of honey and a candy board to eat, so I know they did not die from starvation.
Maybe they were weak, or sick...or too cold and damp.  I feel like I should have done more to winterize the hive.  I'm disappointed.

I am attending Indiana Bee School IX tomorrow.  I'm looking forward to being surrounded by hundreds of other new and experienced beekeepers.  There will be four school sessions with several topics to choose bee health, pesticides, raising queens, gardening for bees, and even apitherapy.  I know I'll come home with renewed confidence and an eagerness to try again!

Love, Bonnie Jo