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Backyard Beekeeping June/July 2022
August 5, 2022 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Beekeeping June/July 2022 — 2/3 is now available! Subscribe to Backyard Beekeeping for great stories on mason bees, honey extractors, splits, how to clean a smoker, recipes, and more!

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Hives for Heroes
August 6, 2022 · · Beekeeping

For Steve Jimenez of Hives for Heroes, a former Marine from Houston, Texas, a difficult transition resulted in a calling to create an organization that is focused on reducing that number from 22 to zero.

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What Makes My Colony a Superorganism?
August 6, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

The suppression of individual needs is the trait that best defines a superorganism. Even though each bee is a separate entity, the colony behaves as if it were one large, multicellular organism where each bee is like a single cell.

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Telling The Bees

If you have ever had any doubt that beekeeping is a magical interaction between human and insect, then the practice of telling the bees should convince you that our ancestors held these delightful creatures in high esteem and reverence.

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Queen Introduction
August 6, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

Introducing new queens is a beekeeping skill that anyone can master on their first try when they keep just a few tips in mind.

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Walkaway Splits
August 6, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

The good news is, making splits is nearly as simple as unstacking boxes on moving day with walkaway splits, so keep your cash in your pocket and read on to discover the simplicity of this new skill.

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Where the Bees Are

Our love affair with honey bees runs deep and wide. Today colonies of European honey bees are found on every continent but Antarctica.

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How to Clean a Beehive Smoker

Have you noticed that your smoker isn’t working as well as it used to? If so, it is probably past time to clean your beehive smoker.

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Honey Extractors Explained
August 6, 2022 · · Hives & Equipment

In the beekeeping world, variety seems to be the common thread among us and honey extractors are no exception. So, here’s a quick rundown on what to look for when selecting a honey extractor.

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Granny’s Southern Honey Cornbread

When it comes to cornbread, Granny’s honey cornbread is truly the best. Just a hint of sweet, making it a hit to those who like their cornbread sweet and those who don’t like it very sweet.

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Beeswax Products
August 5, 2022 · · Honey & Beeswax

Beeswax is one of the most unique and useful natural products in the animal world. Beeswax is the ultimate eco-friendly, zero-waste option for endless uses.

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