Bees

Bees are truly fascinating creatures. They spend all day pollinating our vegetables, making each plant more productive. They also supply us with delicious honey. Or at least they will, if we can keep them alive through the winter. The art of beekeeping is still a mystery to many and does not come naturally to us humans, but here at Rabble and Roost we are starting to get the hang of it. In Spring 2017 we received two packages of Carniolan honeybees. Different from the more common Italian honeybees used by many beekeepers, these are a hearty subspecies native to Austria, Slovenia, and parts of Eastern Europe. They are known to be less aggressive towards beekeepers but also more defensive against other insects that might endanger the hive. They have a better resistance to disease and parasites that commonly plague other subspecies, and are adept at regulating colony population. They adjust their numbers to be higher when plant nectar is flowing but quickly decrease the population when food sources run out in the fall. That all in turn means more honey for us! Depending on how our bees overwinter and how things go this spring, we may harvest our first ever honey in July or August of 2018.

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