idabean's third season check in
For the first time I had a hive make it through the winter. I figured this would be my last season if both colonies died this winter. But one seems to have come through strong. Last summer was tough for a lot of people in New England.Extended chill, long rains and in my one hive that got started late virtually no honey production. These poor critter hardly had a chance in the first, early low teens temps. When I confirmed the hive was dead a few weeks ago, there was no honey on any of the frames.
How long do I keep feeding the winter solution of 2 sugar to 1 water? I'll look it up, but I don't remember if there is a spring strenght solution.
What are most important things to do to ensure the health and productivity of my surviving hive?