bees

Supering up for a Honey of a Summer

In the beginning beekeeping classes, I encourage new beekeepers to go into their hives at least every seven to 10 days to see how things are going. While a healthy colony of bees in a healthy environment will follow a generally predictable course, growing in population as spring advances, swarming, building again, then capitalizing on the summer honey flows, there are a lot of variations on this theme and a lot can go awry in a relatively short time. Problems tend to propagate themselves if not dealt with early, a small problem uncorrected becomes a bigger problem, then an even bigger problem, then a disaster. The beekeeper’s role is to keep things on course.

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Beekeeping with the Warre Hive: The Original Homestead Beehive

Add to Favorites By Ernie Schmidt, Washington – Beekeeping with the Warre hive, for me, is the easiest way to care for bees. The Warre beehive was developed specifically to be …

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Judging the Best Honey in the World

Add to Favorites Marissa Ames – Where does the best honey in the world come from? And how is it determined “best?” That question has no definitive answer, since every …

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Flow Hive Review: Honey on Tap

Add to Favorites I never thought that I would be keeping bees. In fact, my healthy fear of them as a child had me spending warm summer days indoors and …

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How to Make Beeswax Candles

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to Make a Bee Watering Station
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites Most of us realize the importance of being wary of the heat for people, pets, and livestock, but we often forget that the bees could use a …

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Make a DIY Honey Extractor
February 1, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

Add to Favorites A honey extractor is usually one of the last pieces of equipment that a beekeeper gets after learning how to raise bees. Starting beekeeping can be pricey, but there are …

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