After extraction of Acacia honey we come to calmer peiod. Work at Apiary in june is somewhat calmer. It’s month in which honeybees need to slowly recover their stash of food and strengthen themselves once again. By the middle of the month (if temperatures are in their average for the month of June) linden will start blossoming providing great source of nectar.
Before we reach to linden, you should make use of amorpha fruticosa, raspberry, blackberry, red clover etc. Especially make use of them, if previously you used queen excluder which led to limitting brood to just 1 super. Some of these plants are excellent pollen givers.
This is month during which you should make use of your pollen catchers. If you are stationary beekeeper, it is good idea to plant these plants at your apiary, so your colonies can have nice transition after Acacia.
Once your colonies are well strengthened, it’s time to make use of Linden or Meadow. Usually these types of nectar will overlap. If you want to have purer linden or meadow, it’s time to move! Transport your honeybees to location which offers only one!
If you were successfully preventing swarming during whole this time, now its time for action! June is period of natural swarming for honeybees, so use it ! It’s perfect time to increase number of your colonies by manual seperation, and to change old queens.
Preparation for these nectar harvests are same like preparations before Acacia, and/or any other honey harvest by your honeybees.
Ofcourse, considering that different places of earth have different climates, this timetable may be off, depending from your climate. Since we are visited by people around the world, it’s best to work with an advice of more experienced beekeeper from your area!
Follow calendar of work further. Stay tuned.