Hello all. I was not sure if I should put this is general or 101. so it is here due to a flip of a coin. This si my first year keeping bees. 3 months of it I spent thinking I had a pretty good idea of what to do. About 7 months of it has been spent doing an "I dunno but this sounds like a good idea" sort of management. This was caused by many factors. one taking on swarm captures and trap outs and basically scrambling to be able to do it. My focus was distracted from simply keeping a hive for the first year. This had a side efect of not leaving me enough time to be ready for the next thing that came up with my hive and I spent a lot of time noticing what I should have done yesterday rather than figuring out what I wll need to do next week. There was no colossal breakdown due to this. it is jsut not the way I like to do it. I still have a couple of moents to go before I get back to territory I have crossed before. To help give some idea of time line for our climate. Average last frost is May 15 here in Reno. Our spring weather tends to be mild with cold nights. we will see freezing temps as late as July at times. first week of June is typical but days will get into the high 60 or even lows 70's long before that. Basically our springs are slow in coming and often we have more of an abrupt end as summer begins and not much of a real spring. Okay so my question is. I have a list of things I know I should do for spring. what I am not clear on is when to do them. I want to expand the brood nest and break up any remaining honey stores. I have some ideas o nhow I want to do this again i am not sure when. I am chomping at the bit thinikng I need to get with it but still not certain it is to soon. Driving me nuts. I also kwno I need to be ready to prevent swarms. hopefully my expansion and breaking up plans will accomplish that also. I knwo I need to inspect the queen and be prepared to replace her. is if do that it will most likely be via queens I rear myself. Since most of my colnies are nucs or new hives I will also be feeding pollen paties to help with buidl up. I wll also be feedign them sugar water to help with the drawing of comb. This is what I did last year with my first nuc and found it to work well. I do have some ideas on how I might improve on last year but for the most part I am sticking with what I know worked then and will make alterations to it. My single biggest probelms is knwoign when. what signs am I lookign for that says it is time to add a box above the brood nest? inspect the queen. add pollen patties and basically get busy about spring build up. I have heard that willows and mapels will both produce pollen early. Problem is I have no idea if either are in bloom and might possibly not recognize it if it was right in front of my face. I knwo I have a hive full of bees that jsut boil out of the top right now. and bees will forage on warmer days. They are bringing in something that looks like pollen. I have also heard that dandilions blooming mark teh start of something. Now that I can observe but am not real clear just what it is suppose to be the sign for. Overall my impression is that with all the maple blooming willows blooming and dandelion advice. my bees did not read those posts. I don't see any dandelions and don't expect to for a while yet. but my bees are flying on some days and appear to be foraging. I think I am flying very blind right now. And the instruments have gone out. I know there is a part of me that hopes someone says. hey get out there and add some space to that packed hive. break up there honey. there is a queen in there trying to lay brood and has no room. And feed them every moment you can that the temps get high enough. and you should have had pollen patties a week ago. Cause that is about what I am thinking. Anyway any guidance you can muster just to help get my head back in the groove will be appreciated. Nights still get itno the 30's for us but days are in teh lower to mid 60's abotu half the time. bees are able to fly to some degree every day for the past 3 weeks or more. No local bee club is availabel right now. they do not start meetings for another month.