Have any of you that have a bit of land ever tried eliminating the summer dearth using a combination of plants that give nectar during the dearth? I'm interrested in trying to eliminate the summer dearth in order to keep from having that break in the brood cycle so that the bees can keep building up over the summer so that they have a heck of a fall harvest and to enter the winter extra-heavy with both bees and food. My problem is that right now I don't have my own land to do that with, but the farm I have my bees on might be willing to allow me to sow some nectar giving plants over the summer on an acre or two... but before I even ask I want to know if others have had any success with that. I am thinking a combination of Evodia trees, A species of Veronica that blooms from June to November that the bees stay on the whole time... and of course, buckwheat sowed in weekly increments to give a continuous summer bloom. Of course, doing that, there won't be that break in the brood cycle to knock down the mite load either, so I'll have to watch them carefully and possibly even medicate for them if necessary, which is something I have yet to do and would prefer to avoid if possible but I am more interrested in seeing what can be accomplished by not having that break in the brood cycle as far as building up and getting a great fall flow and heavy hives in winter are concerned. Alternatively, I wonder if it's possible to accomplish the same goal using feeders and 1-to-1 syrup. Though I prefer the natural method, if I can't use a couple of the farmer's acres for that, I guess I would have to use feeders to try to accomplish the same goal. On a brighter note, the flow finally started where my bees are and they are all starting to build up a little better than they were a couple of weeks ago. There's still not the kind of explosive growth I'd like, but at least there was marked improvement in all but one hive (the one is queenless, never had a queen and failed to make one out of the first frame of eggs I gave them, so I gave them one more, if they fail this time they will get blown out because I can use the hive to get more productive bees). On the down side, I've been getting lots of swarm calls and haven't been able to take any of them because I'm out of frames and close to out of boxes anyway... by the time I build enough frames to fill the boxes I have, I'll need them for honey supers, then by the time I can build some more boxes and frames swarm season will be over... but I think that round of building I will make some deeps to rotate into each hive so the bees can draw out the frames and move into them before winter. Then next winter I'll build more deeps to have 2 layers of deeps and then I can use my mediums just for honey supers. It'll be a lot heavier, but if they build up better then it'll be worth it.