I have one honey crop a year. This is taken of the hives in late July or early August.This marks the beginning of the new year for beekeeping. At this point we start preparing our bees for winter. Ther hives are checked for food stores disease and the conditions inside the hive (waterproof, plenty of ventilation, roof likely to stay on in a gale). At this point we also help the bees protect against robbing by wasps by closing the hive entrance right down, enabling the guard bees to do their job.