Well in excess of 30 days with no rain and daily temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.  It’s been a difficult season for all forms of agriculture here.  Especially stressful for new package bee colonies, such as mine.  I have continued to feed sugar syrup throughout the season, since the bees were put into the hives.  Likewise, I’ve medicated using essential oils.  Colony B, started from the nuc in May is quite strong and healthy.  Colonies A and C, started from package bees, continue to hold their own, but are not as strong as I would have expected them to be under normal seasonal conditions.  I’ll feed heavy 2:1 sugar syrup to them within the next month, giving them more winter food stores.  I’m hoping for a short, mild winter, following this long and miserable Spring and Summer seasons.  No excess honey at all this year, but if I can overwinter without losses from pest, disease and Colony Collapse Disorder, I’ll consider my effort to be a success.  I have had a “perfect storm” of challenges, starting the bees this year, but as always, I’m going to be optimistic for a better year, next Spring!

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