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Backyard Beekeeping Contributor

We love when guest writers stop by to share their knowledge and love of beekeeping. Take a minute to learn something new from an experienced beekeeper!
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Articles by Backyard Beekeeping Contributor

Lavender Thyme Honey Syrup

Like all things in life, when bees give you honey, you make Lavender Thyme Honey Syrup … or something like that.

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How Long Should I Feed Bees in Spring

Add to Favorites Bill asks:   Last year you told me to feed the bees until June because I was starting out with a completely new Top Bar hive, with no …

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Disability and Beekeeping

While we may not think of beekeeping as a strenuous activity, it does require a certain degree of fitness and mobility. The amount of lifting, turning, and bending may seem small, but it can seem overwhelming if you have mobility, dexterity, or balance problems.

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All That Buzz About Bees

Honeybees have played an important role in the history of our country. Down through the years, farmers have raised bees for our use.

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Successful Hive Move Hinges on Preparation

A hive move can be spurred for many reasons. Relocating an established hive is not a simple act of picking up and moving.

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Bees Are Friends:

Everyone can be a friend to the bees, even toddlers. You don’t necessarily have to own hives and a bee suit to do so. It all starts with the heart, and if we can educate and empower our communities to love bees instead of fear them — it’s a domino effect from there.

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Honey Pumpkin Maple Granola

This is a fun recipe for the whole family. Not only is it tasty, but it uses honey and maple syrup to sweeten.

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Lessons Learned Building Layens Hives

We can’t keep an entire field of bees, nor do we have the time to check on them, add boxes, or extract honey weekly. Therefore, we tried beekeeping with Layens hives.

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Why are bees important?

Bees provide an ecosystem that is pollinated, protected, and maintained. In other words, bees pollinate food crops. However, if this small percentage of wild bee species disappears, then 80% of our agricultural system may collapse.

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Sweet as Mad Honey

In the lore of the bee world, one can often find references to the mysterious “mad honey.” Mad honey is made exclusively from a certain species of rhododendron and is a brilliant red color.

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