The Root has published an interview with Phil Gaven, owner of The Honey Exchange on Stevens Ave, about Winter hive maintenance.
I spend many hours a day giving advice to beekeepers on all manner of subjects but the one thing I try to stress more than anything is “worry less.” Good beekeepers want to do everything we are able to do to help our bees survive. It’s important to remember bees survived for millions of years without human help. Admittedly, given the world we live in today most beehives can’t survive more than a year or two without human help so we do what we can, in as natural a way as possible. With responsible stewardship, most hives will survive. Some will die, and while that’s sad it is also the natural order of things.