Newsletter August 2022
My prayers for rain may at last be heard, the
countryside has been transformed into a parched brown landscape, alien to what we
think of as high summer. Bees have coped well if water is available, just the
persistent wasps attacking small or weak colonies. I have lost a colony & a
nuc to wasps, both trying to requeen.
By now most of you will have completed your honey harvest or be just
getting there. Reports seem good in terms of quantity.
Time to move to anti-varroa treatments. There
are many on the market; this year DDBKA have bought Apiguard in bulk, orders
were placed at the July meeting & some members have made contact to place
requests. So it will be available at this month’s meeting, priority given to
DDBKA APIGUARD PRICE
£2.15 per tray, each colony requires 2 trays over a period
of 6 weeks, so £4.30 per colony, cash fine.
Chris Farrell was
very successful too, at the Kent Show where she won 3 First prizes with her
lovely detailed photographs of honeybees in action. Many
were taken before she chose the eventual prize-winners, a perfectionist indeed!
I have been contacted by
a lady looking for local honey to sell at her farmer’s market in Cliftonville
once a month, she can pay & collect from anyone who has a surplus to pass
on. She’d like to start with10 jars.
Contact her asap if you
can help. Emma@realdealroasters.co.uk
In this area, we have the East Kent Ploughing
Match, held locally in our area this year at Stoneheap Farm Little
Mongeham. CT14 0HS on Wednesday 28th September
Enclosed with this letter is the schedule, which in [VERY] small
print has details of their honey competition, [the only thing you can enter], class
8, section L [clear] & M [set]. Cut out the entry form, fill it in, attach
the 20p fee & post it before August 26th. Good
luck; Richard, one of our members, is the judge, so give him some work to do!
Saturday 27th August, 2:30 pm at Ship House, The
Leas, Kingsdown CT14 8ER by kind permission of Mr Peter Finch.
It is a member’s apiary;
Terry Johnson has hives at this stunning house in its beautiful position near
Terry’s directions: From the Kingsdown golf
course club house you should see DDBKA signs.
Go to Kingsdown golf club, go past the clubhouse and carry on up the
hill along the narrow road [The Leas], past all the nice houses until you see a
large white house with green shutters. Pass
this house and the next house is Ship House. Tea ladies, the elderly and
anyone with bulky or heavy items please turn right and park on the drive, you
will be directed to the pool room.
Everyone else, please carry on along the road until you come to a 5-bar
gate, turn right up the hill to the golf course and park there. Someone will be
there to show you the way to the house.
Terry plans to demonstrate
the use of oxalic acid treatments on his hives, so be aware that the site
includes an apiary & we urge you to take care in the vicinity of bees,
bring your beesuit & wellies if you have them, make sure you have informed
me of allergies & sting reactions if you are aware of them.
Jackie will probably just hold
a question & answer session. Honey is the hot topic at the moment -
extraction, processing and storage, lots to think about.
Tables & chairs for
our meeting will be provided, we will have tea as usual [£1] & the raffle.
Bring your own mugs!!!
Very much looking
forward to a change of scene! See you there,