The first thing that Cookeville TN area Bee Keepers need to do in February is plan to attend our regular meeting on Thursday February 2nd – TTU South hall – chat and mingle from 6:00 with the meeting beginning at 6:30 PM.
H.L. Foust of Sunrise Apiaries in Cumberland county – purveyor of bees and beekeeping supplies will be our guest speaker at this meeting.
We will also be taking orders at the February meeting for package bees, so bring your check books. Eligible new bee keepers will be able to find out more about the TBA hive grant program as well.
You might think that there isn’t very much for a bee keeper to do in January, and there is a certain amount of truth to that, however…
As you know here in mid TN we can have nice weather almost any time – on one of those sunny days when the bees are flying and the temps are in the 50s take a quick peak into the top of your hives – no need to use smoke, but do wear a veil. Does it look too wet? If so you probably need more ventilation. Is the cluster all the way at the top? You might need to feed candy or dry sugar. Don’t stress your bees by opening the hive too much or too long, but a quick peak on a nice day won’t hurt.
The presenters at our January meeting were John Seaborn of Wolf Creek Apiaries and Trevor Qualls of Bon Aqua Springs Apiaries and Woodenware. Natural beekeeping was the subject of the evening – and we really appreciate the contribution of their time and knowledge to our group. If you need equipment be sure and check out Trevor’s line of innovative locally produced honey bee woodenware.
Not all that long ago you could have a couple of beehives out back for years without paying very much attention to them other than putting supers on in the spring and harvesting honey in the fall, but that is not usually the case any more.
37 Putnam county Tennessee area beekeepers (and future beekeepers) met tonight in Cookeville TN to found a bee keepers association. Proposed By-Laws were distributed and a second meeting was scheduled for 6:00 PM Thursday Dec. 9 to be held in South hall on the Tennessee Tech Cookeville campus – room to be announced. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend.
Based upon a show of hands about half of us present tonight already have bees – from a few hives to at least one person with over 100 hives. Those who are just getting started should have lots of opportunities to benefit from associating with more established beekeepers, and everyone can profit from the diversity of talents and ideas – as well as the buying power – of an association.