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Products of the Hive

March

Melt down wax from culled frames.

In especially good years, and early harvest of honey is possible.

 April

Melt down wax from culled frames.

Peak honey production. Some harvest in late April as frames are capped or save until mid-late June.

 May

Harvest in May, June and early July in a good year.

Melt down wax from cappings and crushed comb and culled frames.

 June

Harvest month

Harvest dark tulip poplar honey.

Melt down wax from cappings and crushed comb and culled frames.

 July

Some harvest early.

Melt down wax from cappings and crushed comb and culled frames.

Explore mead recipes for your honey harvest

 August

Harvest as appropriate but do not over harvest.

Only those that waited and didn’t feed with supers on can harvest in August, however, bees will gather from non-floral sources once the dearth starts. I recommend removing supers in June to avoid this.

Melt down wax from cappings or crushed comb and culled frames.

 September

In some circumstances, fall honey harvest is possible, but care must be taken to avoid using supers during feeding to ensure all the honey is from nectar and none is from syrup.

Remember to leave at least 40 pounds of honey.

Melt down wax from cappings or crushed comb and culled frames.

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