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Burying Bees

Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

Burying bees in the earth below the frost, has been recommended as a

superior method of wintering, for small families. I have known it

confidently asserted, that they would lose nothing in weight, and no

bees would die. I found, in testing it, that a medium quantity of honey

sufficed, and but very few were lost, perhaps less than by any other

method. Yet the combs were mouldy, and unfit for further use. There was

no escape for the vapor and dampness of the earth. This did not satisfy

me; it only cured "one disease by instituting another." I saved the

bees, (and perhaps some honey), but the combs were spoiled.