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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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The Secret of Winter Bees vs Summer Bees
November 27, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

We all know that female honey bees are divided into two castes: workers and queens. Although they both arise from normal fertilized eggs, the larvae that hatch from those eggs are nurtured differently.

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My Honeybee Farming Project Year One
November 27, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

Even with all the research and questions we had before obtaining our first nuc of bees, uncertainty reared its ugly head as we ventured into our honeybee farming project.

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Your Seasonal Beekeeping Calendar
November 22, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

When you are new to beekeeping, it’s good to have a game plan. Today let’s explore a seasonal beekeeping calendar and your to-do’s throughout the year.

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How Do I Keep the Hive Ventilated in Winter?

In the past few years, the number of electronic devices for beekeepers has mushroomed. I’ve frequently been asked to test these new devices, so I have quite a bit of experience with them.

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Should My Supers Be Below the Inner Cover for Winter?

Having the inner cover in the way can block the bees’ pathway and funnel the heat to a small area instead of generally throughout the super. In addition, the retriever bees may have to travel further—first to the opening, then away from it to the food, and then back to the hole, and then back to the cluster.

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Fire Cider Recipe with Raw Honey

Fire cider is an old home remedy for the runny noses and sniffles before they develop into full-blown colds or flu. Even if you already have a cold or the flu, drinking shots of fire cider can help ease symptoms and might even reduce the duration of a virus.

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How to Decrystallize Honey
November 11, 2022 · · Honey & Beeswax

Every so often someone asks me how to decrystallize honey. Well, here’s the how and why.

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Honey Herbes De Provence Recipe

Expensive to buy and sometimes hard to find, you can make your own Herbes de Provence recipe blend.

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Winterizing Beekeeping Equipment

Winterizing beekeeping equipment, while the hive sleeps, avoids problems when the weather warms up.

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Movements of the Winter Bee Cluster
October 25, 2022 · · Health & Pests

The honeybee cluster moves up in winter and down in summer. The combs start at the top and are added in layers, one beneath the other, as the colony expands.

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