Waiting for the Queen Bee

16 Apr

Phil and I have gotten all the parts of the beehive, and have put together the hive. It was like going to IKEA and putting everything together, ourselves, all 55 of them (50 wax foundations and 5 outer frames). I’ve uploaded the pictures of us assembling the hive on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ovalle/5648392856/in/set-72157626438666865

The weather has not been cooperating:

The Queen Bee has not been mated due to bad weather (…yes, she’s got to get laid before they can send her and the worker bees from Georgia), so we’re patiently waiting for the estimate time of arrival which is now “sometime after Easter”. In a nutshell, the bees mate mid-air. The drones (the guys) from other hives congregate in one area, and the Queen Bee flies to them. She gets all she needs at this “congregation” to lay eggs for the rest of her 2-3 yr lifespan.

This weekend, if the weather is good, then I can paint and weatherproof the hive, but so far, it’s been rainy and cold…

As for the “Green Roof” part of the project, my son Kai and I went to the workshop for gardening at Queens Botanical Garden. I checked out their Bee Garden while we were there and have uploaded the pictures of that as well.

The folks at Seeds of Change have been extremely generous in sending us a whole box of organic, heirloom seeds (100 packets, worth over $300 retail!!!) FOR FREE — All we paid was shipping. They had a campaign called “Sowing Millions” where they gave out a million seeds for free to people. I also got a packet of “Save the Bees” seed blend at Whole Foods, just to see what flowers were in it. I’ve uploaded the photos of the seed packets.

Until around June August when the flowers get in full bloom, the bees will be on a diet of organic cane sugar syrup so that they have enough nutrients to build out the hive. By then, I hope to have the garden beginning to bloom.

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