I always read about people talking about pollen/nectar flows. How does one find out when these are happening in their area?
And how do you make sure that you capitalize on these specific times.
How important is it that you know when they are?
-If you watch the bees returning to the hive, you can observe when they are bringing in pollen, as well as seeing the pollen and honey stores in the hive when inspecting.
-Being prepared, if you are not aware of when your honey flow starts or when they have pollen coming in, the results could be devastating. They could either starve, or build up so fast that they plug up the hive and run out of room for the queen to lay and swarm, depending on the season.
-My grandfather always knew what was in bloom, and new what kind of pollen they were bringing in. Because of this, he taught me, he had a better understanding of the condition of the hives, and knew what they would need. I am keeping a record of the plants that bloom in my area, as well as swarm dates, etc. I believe that this will prove to be beneficial to your success.