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Starting Beekeeping: Find a Beekeeping Mentor

By Laura Tyler – Mentoring is a traditional way for beekeepers to teach people starting beekeeping about tending bees. However, finding a mentor, someone who is both knowledgeable about hive management …

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What’s Better? Buying Bees or Catching Swarms?

By Ed Dane – Is buying bees better than catching bee swarms? It is if you buy nucs. There are several ways to start beekeeping. Most beginners start buying bees via …

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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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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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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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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 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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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’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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