Because I sell honey people would ask me “why don’t I make mead?”
My response was always I don’t have the equipment to make it.After hearing this question one too many times I decided to see if people would put their money where their mouth is.I made an appeal for about ten people to stump up £10 so I could by fermentation equipment.
15 people donated £10 and I bought fermentation equipment.
I thought I would do a video showing how to assemble Maisemore’s flat back polystyrene brood box, see how this poly brood box fits with existing wooden equipment. I also transfer a colony of honey bees from a polystyrene nucleus hive to my newly assembly poly brood box and poly roof.
In this blog I examine the influences upon beekeepers to restock their apiaries honeybees at the time of the Isle of Wight disease.
Mr Woodley and Restocking
Let’s first look at Mr Woodley’s experiences, he writes in 1917:-
“I, as a scourged member of the craft, am not chastened by being wiped out [by the “Isle of Wight” Disease], or nearly so, twice…I set about repairing the damage at the outset with some success; in fact, by using formalin and Lysol in equal proportions spread on strips of thin board and pushed in at the entrances twice weekly of many of my hives, the first spring of the outbreak of “Isle of Wight” disease I preserved every stock so treated, and I quite thought I had got a remedy, and had a good take of honey from these hives, but the following winter and spring I lost most of them. Then I bought new swarms, both English and Dutch. Both strains were hived in disinfected hives, boiled frames, new foundations. Again using most of the advertised remedies, I had a fair take of honey.”1