Honey-Bound

Tonight is Rosh Chodesh Adar! As Chazal say, “From when Adar arrives, we increase in joy” every day (“Mi’she’nichnas Adar marbin b’simcha“).

Today I inspected Hive Number One, which I have named Der Golem. I thought the name was fitting since, like the well-known Golem of Prague who was made of earth and had the breath of life mystically breathed into him, so too did Hive Number One seemingly spring to life on its own after I left an empty wood box outdoors for a couple weeks. I visited one day and it was magically filled with bees.

Of course, what really happened was that a swarm of bees sent out scouts to find a new home and they found my box and moved in. But the name is fitting.

What I discovered was a hive filled with a lot of honey. Too much honey, in fact. I got advice from Kirk Anderson of Backwards Beekeepers (one of my beekeeping mentors) that my hive is probably honey-bound, which means there’s too much honey and not enough room for the queen to lay eggs.

What that means is that the bees have done a great job collecting nectar and pollen and making honey, and now it is my job as a beekeeper to open up space for them in the hive so the queen can lay more eggs.

Which means it’s time to harvest some honey from Der Golem. “Marbin b’simcha” indeed!