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Articles by Backyard Beekeeping Contributor

How to Make Honey Soap

When adding honey to soap, the typical ratio is one teaspoon of honey per pound of oils in the soap. Measure out the honey beforehand and dissolve it in a small amount of hot distilled water.

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Herbes De Provence Honey Recipe

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

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Install Package Bees in Langstroth Hive

Learning how to install package bees isn’t all that difficult, but if you are new to beekeeping, it can be helpful to review the process from start to finish.

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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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Common Langstroth Hive Setup

A Langstroth hive is the most common beehive in developed countries. Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth (the creator) observed that if 1 cm space was left between the cover of a hive and the top bars, that the bees would not fill it with burr comb or propolis—it was deemed walking around space.

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How to Talk to Vegans About Honey & Bees

I have yet to meet a beekeeper—commercial or hobbyist—who doesn’t adore his or her bees. There is a beauty and a romance to beekeeping that begins with the sun, and, if you are lucky, ends in a bonanza of the best tasting honey you have ever known.

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Top 10 Reasons to Become a Beekeeper

You don’t have to get up at 2:00 in the morning to check if they are hatching or calving. You can also go on a reasonable vacation without commissioning a bee sitter.

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Navigating Urban Beekeeping Laws

Today, as more urban beekeepers start beekeeping, they are finding roadblocks to their hobby. These include urban beekeeping laws, rules, regulations, zoning, ordinances, and in some cases outright bans on bees — especially with some Homeowners Associations (HOAs).

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How to Support Your Solitary Bee Population

There are more than 20,000 species of solitary bees. Native to nearly every corner of the globe, they are adapted to a vast diversity of climates and habitats.

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65 Pollinator-Friendly Plants Bees Love

Add to Favorites Beekeepers are investing a lot of time and money seeking a solution to the bee population decline, but in the meantime, gardeners can be the frontline troops in …

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