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5 Tips for Starting Beekeeping

Will you utilize the most commonly used hive style, the Langstroth beehive or do you fancy yourself a top bar or Warre beekeeper? For protective equipment, you could use a veil, a jacket with vail, or a full body bee suit – which works for you? Location of your hive can impact your bees based on sun exposure (summer v. winter), wind exposure, accessibility, proximity to neighbors, and so on.

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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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I Found Dead Moth Worms on My Bottom Board
November 21, 2019 · · Ask the Expert

I was out inspecting the bottom board of my strongest hive. I found 3 dead moth worms. The hive is three deep and packed. Is there anything I can do / should do this late in the season to treat? I did the OAV treatment this fall from your tutorial and it worked great.

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Why Are There Bald-Faced Hornets in my Top Feeder?
September 17, 2019 · · Ask the Expert, Health & Pests

I found a ton of dead, large black and white, what I think might be bald-faced hornets dead inside of a feeder. I killed a bunch outside my hives too. Entrance reducer was on also. Should I worry? I’m thrilled The Hive was strong enough to kill all the intruders at least.

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There’s Corn Syrup in My Bee Fondant. Is that OK?
September 5, 2019 · · Ask the Expert, Health & Pests

Is corn syrup OK for my bees? I realized that the store-bought bee fondant I ordered contains corn syrup. Should I be worried about that?

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What Yield Can I Expect Per Hive Per Season in Maryland?

When I have a colony overwinter — and they have no spring/summer issues such as a queen dying or an unexpected swarm — I generally get around 75-100 pounds of honey from each hive in Colorado.

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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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Does Peppermint Deter Wax Moths?

Add to Favorites David writes: Have you had any results from putting mint near your hives to prevent wax moths? While I have heard of folks suggesting mint could be …

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Should I be Worried About Practice Queen Cups?
August 7, 2019 · · Ask the Expert

First off, if her laying pattern is still good, the colony population is to your liking, and the workers haven’t tried to replace her yet, you could consider just leaving her in there.

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