QUEEN'S CASTLE BEEKEEPING ASSOCIATION
President, Gary Barrow, opened the meeting by
Lucy led in prayer.
The treasury report was given: $764.93 plus $15
It was reported that Millie Bee was running
late on their queen deliveries.
They hope to have an update next week as to
when they might deliver them.
The World Beekeeping Association wants to come
to the U.S.
for their 2019
meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
If anyone wants to join the Alabama Beekeeper's
Association, the dues are $10
per person for the year. They also have THE
STINGER monthly newsletter you can
receive either through the mail or by email, if
picnic will be in May, if anyone is interested in going.
It was stated that Tractor Supply has a bag of
pollinator mix seed that will plant
200 square feet, if anyone would
to plant this for the bees.
On YouTube, under Bee Hugger, they have
information about The Smoker, Hive
Inspection, First Aid and other topics.
Lucy said that the NEBA would have a speaker at
Walnut Hill, speaking on Queens.
OJ gave a very informative talk about plants
that can be planted
for the bees.
He talked about long blooming plants, and about
some old timey
cannot be bought, but you can take cuttings off
of, such as the fragrant
To tell if a plant is invasive, check the
middle of the stem, and if there is a hole in
it, then it is an invasive plant.
White Dutch clover will bloom first, and then
the Huban clover.
bloom in May, June
and in July. A good place to plant Vitex is along the
Popcorn trees grow well in damp places and will
bloom first, for about a month, in
They also have second
flower to bloom later.
The male Persimmon trees will bloom, beginning
in May, and last for over a
The running honeysuckle vine has to have
another bug to make an opening to the
nectar, where then the honeybee will be able to
get to the nectar.
Luffa can be planted for their flowers and
The tea olive plant is a shrub.
Buckwheat can be planted up to five times a
year, and it is a triangle shaped seed.
You can let your turnip, rape and lettuce
plants make flowers, after you have
finished harvesting them.
Open heart camellia bushes are good winter
flowers for the bee.
Other plants and flowers were also discussed.
The queen bee can mate with several drones, and
there will be different colored
bees in one hive.
The topic about LED lights being bad for the
honeybees was discussed.
The following discussion on hive beetles was:
If you have two hive bodies, then you are
giving the hive beetles more room to
hide. And in the
time when you have fewer bees, it's
for those few
bees to patrol both hive bodies.
It was stated that Mann Lake Bee Supply Company
to put on the
ground to kill the hive beetle.
Natural remedies for pest were also discussed.
A pizza luncheon was enjoyed by all.
After lunch, Mr.
OJ took off several honey
supers, and extracted some honey.
Those present were: OJ and Lucy Blount, Joe
Blount, Jimmie Winters, Daniel
Schellenberger and Allison & Nathan, Randy
Schaffer, Dirk Price, Terry Pickard,
Linda & Whim Mellown, Jimmie Palmer and Gary &
next meeting will be May 30,2015.