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Propolis: Bee Glue that Heals

Honeybee propolis is a brown or reddish resinous substance made by bees to protect the hive against animal and bacterial invaders. The word “propolis” is a compound of the Greek words “pro” and “polis” and translates to, “Before the city.” Bees use propolis as a building material to fill gaps and crevices, varnish combs and shape entrances, sometimes creating fantastic gobs that supposedly aid ventilation in the hive.

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Questions to Ask When Starting a Bee Colony
February 1, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

Add to Favorites Backyard beekeeping is gaining popularity as more people want to help bees and other pollinators survive. But starting a bee colony is not as easy as just …

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Preparing for The Queen Honey Bee
February 1, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

There is a decision to be made when starting beekeeping and ordering bees: do you want the two-pound or three-pound hive? You will only get one queen, but how many worker bees do you need right off the bat? That depends on your hive in your honey bee farming project.

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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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Starting Beekeeping: Find a Beekeeping Mentor

Add to Favorites 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 …

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What’s Better? Buying Bees or Catching Swarms?

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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