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Varroa Mite Treatments for a Healthy Hive
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Originally published in Countryside May / June 2017. Subscribe for the full digital issue! Varroa mites have been in the United States since the late 1980s and are considered a universal …

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The Ins and Outs of Buying Bees
February 1, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

Every spring potential beekeepers begin to get excited about starting to keep bees. They read beekeeping books and articles, and talk to experienced beekeepers about everything from setting up their …

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How to Make Beeswax Candles

Story and Photos By Laura Tyler, Colorado – Beeswax comes in a range of colors, from lemon-yellow to warm, grizzly brown — depending on its age and what part of the colony …

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Propolis Benefits Inside and Outside the Hive
February 1, 2019 · · Honey & Beeswax

When people think about products that bees produce they often think of honey and beeswax, but bees also make other products such as royal jelly and propolis. Benefits of each …

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Frugal Beekeeping with Used Beekeeping Supplies
February 1, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

When our son first told us he was interested in starting beekeeping, one of the things we were concerned about was the cost of beekeeping supplies. We had to spend quite …

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The Basics of Making a Bee Hotel
February 1, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

Even though we have several honey bee hives on our property, our strawberries were not getting pollinated. After a bit of research, we learned that strawberries aren’t a favorite of …

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What do Bees do in the Winter?
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Unlike birds, bees don’t fly south for the winter, nor do they hibernate. So, what do bees do in the winter? They try to survive. They spend all their time …

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8 Ways to Be a Courteous Backyard Beekeeper
February 1, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

Being a good beekeeping neighbor is something all backyard beekeepers should be concerned about. When we started talking about keeping bees we knew we’d have to be careful since our …

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What’s in Your Beekeeping Smoker?
February 1, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

When our son first started keeping bees I had no idea what a beekeeping smoker was used for or what to put in the smoker. The smoker is really a …

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6 Simple Beeswax Uses
February 1, 2019 · · Honey & Beeswax

Most of the time when we think about raising bees we think of the honey; however, bees make several other “products” that the beekeeper will need to manage. One of those products …

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