Fernglade Farm
Fernglade Farm
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Commenced:
01/01/2005
Submitted:
08/04/2011
Last updated:
16/02/2016
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Cherokee, Victoria, AU
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate





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Courting trouble

Project: Fernglade Farm

Posted by Chris McLeod almost 5 years ago

All about the bees here

Last week was just hot. After a few days of intense heat, even the bees were constantly going in and out of their hives just to get some fresh air - even though that was hot air. With the coming of the heat, the forest smells beautiful and anyone who has experienced the rich oil smell of a Eucalyptus forest will know what I mean. Every couple of steps there is a completely different scent. Near the bee hives on those hot days you can smell the rich and sweet earthy smell of honey combined with beeswax. A friend recently introduced me to unfiltered honey and that is the closest smell to that of a raw beehive.

The new bee colonies are in a good paddock now as they get the morning sun and the afternoon shade. This was a crucial learning experience for me because last summer after 3 days in a row in excess of 40’C (104’F) in the shade, the wax on the bee frames in those older colonies melted and the bees just departed to cooler parts of the forest. They haven’t gone far, because the worker bees from the now feral colonies still come to visit and I’m genuinely happy to have a few feral European bee colonies located in the nearby forest.

For the rest of the blog entry go to: http://ferngladefarm.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/courting-trouble.html

New beehives at the farm

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