My good friend from Ukraine Peter A. Kuzmenko suited to any business slowly, but if for something to be taken, making every effort to realize our plans with the greatest effect. Apparently, this is not surprising, as the name Peter in Greek means «stone».
I want to talk about passion Poroshenko bees. He is always willing to show his apiary honey treats, talks about the updates that are already tested and what the results obtained …
By the way, about the results. They have beekeeper not only stable, but also very solid (and why I decided to tell about his experience). So, in 2005 by each of the hive (10 families) P.A.Kuzmenko received an average of 60 kg of marketable honey. In addition, the bees have built up over the summer 130 frames combs. Plus, in the last season the number of families on his apiary doubled (in the winter of 2005/06 left 21 families).
Last summer the beekeeper honey is pumped four times: the first time — with the locust, the second — with lime, third and fourth — with buckwheat. The secret to its success?
— All year round my hives are under the open sky: the bees have to live in the wild, they are not afraid of cold, afraid of hunger, — said Poroshenko.
Indeed, his hives are in the forest under the trees. In the second half of November P.A.Kuzmenko surrounds them boxes of roofing (with slots opposite the tap hole), puts on the roof of each sheet of slate. This allows the contents of the families as soon as possible (in the hollow) to make a very early circled. Poroshenko considers important, and the fact that in the early spring bees are actively carry pollen from pine trees. It not only contributes to the rapid buildup of strength of families, but also depressing effect on varroa mite. Another proven method — skillful dressing. After the flyby of bees, spring clean the hives, nests and reduction to active honey plants bloom early, he spends stimulating feeding: sugar syrup (1: 1) in a glass jar over the net in potolochine. So the first big bribes with acacia family are gaining considerable strength, is actively pulled honeycombs, that is ready to work for honey collection. But sometimes circumstances arise, often independent of a beekeeper. For example, the rapid build-up of mass of bees under adverse conditions can cause swarming. And it allows Poroshenko. To reduce its probability to a minimum, it is not holding queens older than two years, using a large amount of beehives in a timely manner a frame with honeycomb inserts for maximum load winged toilers work. Applies protivoroevye and other techniques, and if it all turns out to be ineffective, making cuttings, which aims to have a replacement hives.
By the way, Peter I hives have single-double-hulled (12 Dadant frames in each case) and beds (16 to 24 frames). Now he is experiencing, which system is better. Shops extension is applied selectively: only for the collection of section honey, which is convenient and profitable to sell.
— Effective use of honey collection and increase the number of families need as much cellular framework, — said Poroshenko. — Then by bees in compliance with other rules will be the maximum benefit.
Because of the heavy workload of the main job P.A.Kuzmenko not a lot of time to give the bees. Therefore, transporting apiary only once to the flowering fields of buckwheat, a few kilometers from the permanent location. Hives places in the forest. After the end of honey harvest (mid-August) Peter A. collects nest for the winter, the family feeds sugar syrup (2: 1), while patients take medical treatment, hangs protivovarroatoznye strips.
It is important, says P.A.Kuzmenko, keep a diary of the beekeeper. I was able to look through it. It recorded arrival to the apiary owner, information on progress, the state of the families, the weather, the timing of flowering honey plants and admission of nectar and pollen, the intensity of pulling honeycombs, spring and autumn dressing, etc. Notes features of each family and what medicines used in certain diseases of bees. Peter A. Diary is more than a year, so you can compare the performance of the apiary and bee different weather seasons.
Delving into the essence of the records, necessarily admiring observation and skill host apiary. After the beekeeper — this is an agronomist and veterinarian, and joiner into one. Peter A. And besides gazoelektrosvarschik Principal and cool motorist. As a native of the village, in practice, he knows the livestock and crop production. And most importantly, he understands and feel the nature. Work with the bees for the soul finds rest.
— Visit to the apiary is always a holiday for me — smiling P.A.Kuzmenko, though there is a lot of effort is necessary to make, especially in the spring and summer, but this work is almost tired.
He is willing to communicate with beekeepers, visiting specialized shops, fairs, museums. Peter A. proud that it was in his home town of Pereyaslavl-Khmelnitsky, in 90 km from Kiev, there is a unique museum of beekeeping. There you can trace the rich history of the industry. Necessarily freezes have huge decks — secular life witnesses beekeeping, sculpture of St. Zosima — the patron saint of bee-keeping. Huge interest and about 50 beehives wide variety of designs, including from home P.I.Prokopovicha, beekeeping equipment of different ages.
Occupation beekeeper requires diligence, patience, love of order and cleanliness, devotion to his family … All these qualities are inherent and Peter Alekseevich Kuzmenko.