“Q. When is the best time to feed the bees?
“A. The best thing is never to feed them, but let them gather their own stores. But if the season is a failure, as it is some years in most places, then you must feed. The best time for that is just as soon as you know they will need feeding for winter; say in August or September. October does very well, however, and even if you haven’t fed until December, better feed then than to let the bees starve.”
–C.C. Miller, A Thousand Answers to Beekeeping Questions, 1917
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