Seasonal Management

So much of Beekeeping is related to the season of the year especially here in Ohio and the surrounding tristate.   Some of our season-specific tasks can be found in the links below.  For beekeepers looking to buy or sell used equipment, as well as referencing the Ohio State Laws concerning apiaries, please refer to Ohio State Code/Apiaries

The Ohio State University Phenology Calendar provides information about available food for your bees in all seasons. 

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Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter


 

Spring

  Spring is the time we start thinking about Growing Degree Days (GDD) and what natural sources of nutrition are available for our bees.  Check out this calendar from The Ohio State University and see what is available or what will soon be available in your area.  The Ohio State University Phenology Calendar     Maple trees …

Summer

Consider varroa mite and small hive beetle management Hive inspections :

Fall

Winter Beekeeping

Prepare for overwintering Keep Bees Alive by Michigan State University Feeding Your Bees Building a feeder Candy Board Recipe Fondant Recipe by Teri Smith Keeping Bees Snug Candy Boards can provide both food as well as moisture control helping keep your bees snug.    Other considerations: Check your colony’s level of candy wealth and replenish …