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Ol Bee Gal, Episodes 1-4 Veteran beekeeper Becky Tipton answers questions from our readers about bees and beekeeping. If you’d like Becky to answer one of your questions, you can follow this link, or post a question in the comments section of an article. Episode 1 Listen on I-Tunes Here are the questions addressed in […]Read more »
Swarm Essentials – Catch the Buzz In this episode, Hilary Kearney of Girl Next Door Honey teaches Charlotte French and Zach Foley about catching a swarm. She also goes into detail about her business as a beekeeper Our Guest Hilary Kearney is a full-time beekeeper in her hometown of San Diego, California. Her business Girl Next […]Read more »
Profile of a Keeper This podcast episode features Emma Arnold and Abby Olcese. Emma shares her busy lifestyle as an on the road comedian, parent, and beekeeper! Guests: Emma Arnold In addition to being a successful touring comedian, Emma is a single mother of three sons, third generation beekeeper, and published author. Equal parts […]Read more »
Harvest Your Honey On this episode of Keeping Backyard Bees podcasts, Charlotte Brunin and Robert Riley meet with Becky and Steve Tipton to discuss all this honey including how to harvest from a Langstroth Hive. Our Guests: Becky Tipton and her husband, Steve, own Country Creek Honey and have been producing and selling honey for […]Read more »
Bees are Part of Profiting from Your Homestead In this episode, Becky Tipton and Hank Will discuss how they make a profit on their homestead. their expertise explores keeping bees, gardening, and livestock. From being open-minded but honest about what you can and can’t provide to consumers, to finding and keeping customers, to looking at […]Read more »
Bees and Changing Urban Ag Policy In this episode, Charlotte French and Russell Mullin meet with Mary Miller and Helen Schnoes from the Douglas County Food Policy Council. They have worked tirelessly to create agricultural regulations in Lawrence Kansas that both encourage and protect urban farming, including keeping bees. Mary Miller is the Douglas […]Read more »
Bee-ginning with Bees Are you considering keeping bees? In this episode of Keeping Backyard Bees podcasts, Fair Manager Robert Riley sits down with master beekeepers Becky and Steve Tipton, and Ethnobotanist Dawn Combs, a veteran in the realm of “natural beekeeping”. These experts share their knowledge and discuss differences to help Robert and other beginners […]Read more »
It’s common knowledge that honey is one of the healthy and accessible substitutes for sugar, but along the way to prove that it’s better than refined sugar several myths passed as truths in many people’s minds. Today, we are going to name all the myths regarding honey. In other words, we’ll be clearing honey’s name. […]Read more »
It’s an old story that sweeteners can be bad for our health if we use them excessively, but the question is which one is better for our health – sugar or honey? While the effect of honey is similar to sugar’s effect, honey is well known for being more nutritious, and therefore healthy. But the […]Read more »
The more we learn about honeybees, the more fascinating they become. They live not as individuals, but act as a super-organism and they are in every way adapted to live productive lives without wasting time, energy, or natural resources. Here are a few glimpses into their complex world. Of an estimated 25,000 known species of […]Read more »
In recent years, the role of wildflowers in feeding honeybees has been widely misunderstood. Yes, wildflowers are a precious resource. Yes, there are not nearly enough of them. But no, they are not going to save the day. No matter how many packets of bee-friendly wildflower seeds are nobly given out and scattered, they are […]Read more »
If you want to increase your chance of successfully attracting a swarm, you can add an attractant to your bait hive. Lemongrass is very similar to the queen bee’s scent. Honeybees find the mixture of lemongrass and beeswax irresistible. Lemongrass Swarm Lure Recipe Yield: 3 ounces Ingredients 2 tablespoons beeswax 1/4 cup olive oil 40 […]Read more »
Much of the garden furniture today is made of plastic rather than wood. If you are lucky enough to have a set of old-fashioned wicker or bent willow garden furniture, you can use this Beeswax Sealant Recipe for to keep it in top shape. Yield: 1 12-ounce jar Ingredients 1/2 cup beeswax 1/2 cup grapeseed […]Read more »
Preserving the wood used to enclose raised garden beds is a conundrum. Popular wood preservatives contain toxic heavy metals that leach into the soil of a vegetable garden, potentially contaminating the soil and any food growing there. But because garden boxes are exposed to the weather and remain perpetually damp, some kind of preservative is […]Read more »