Time ripe for seed har­vest­ing


up a good sup­ply of honey for the com­ing cooler sea­sons. If they’ve been strug­gling against the wind or con­fined to their bar­racks by rough weather, they’ll likely be be­hind in their pro­duc­tion and may re­quire help from you in the form of dis­pen­sa­tion from har­vest­ing their honey – they might need it all to sur­vive. Another thing to check is that their hive is shel­tered from the wind and no long grass or shrubs are shad­ing the boxes dur­ing the day. It’s al­ready shady enough for them this sea­son, without hav­ing that to con­tend with as well. This col­umn is adapted from the weekly e-zine, get grow­ing, from New Zealand Gar­dener mag­a­zine. For gar­den­ing ad­vice de­liv­ered to your in­box ev­ery Fri­day, sign up for Get Grow­ing at: get­grow­ing.co.nz

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