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Hi there,

My name is Jo, and this is my first year keeping bees. I'm using a Top Bar Hive, which I'm really excited about. I have a small acreage about 45 minutes west of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

So far so good. I'm trying to keep a close eye on the bees, without bugging them too much. Having the observation window really helps with that. I'm going to try really hard to overwinter my bees, so I'm not going to be harvesting a lot of honey this year, if any. I want to make sure they have enough to get them through the cold, long winter months.

I have already read some interesting posts on this forum - glad I found it.

Happy Beekeeping!
Jo
 

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Welcome to you Jo in beautiful summer, cold-wintered Canada.
Make sure they have plenty of stores and place your hive in a spot well protected from winds.
 

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Thank you for the hellos and welcomes :)

efmesch - good advice, thank you. I have my hive in a great spot I think. It is really well protected from the wind. I'm definitely going to make sure the bees have plenty of honey to get them through the winter...well that's my plan at least. Speaking of winter...I'm not looking forward to it at all. :) We've had so much rain this summer...but it could be worse I guess - I know some places have really been going through a heat wave. Hopefully August and September will be sunny. The bees don't seem to mind the rain that much anyways...so I guess it's not a big deal.
 
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