Thursday, July 22, 2010
This is Demeter, the stronger of my Langstroth hives. Following the example set by the Backwards Beekeepers in Los Angeles I put empty frames in the honey super. I thought the bees would have a great time building their own comb and, while I'm sure they enjoyed it, the comb is every which way in the super!
So what am I supposed to do now? My intent was for the bees to make enough honey to overwinter but I was sure looking forward for a tiny bit to harvest. Should I leave things as they are? Should I harvest this honey (most of it isn't capped yet so I'd have to wait awhile)? Should I removed the frames one by one and replace them with frames that have plastic foundation in them? Help - you beekeepers who know so much more than I do!