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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 »
Maybe you’ve heard people talk about siting your yard for bees. If you’ve looked into beekeeping online for any amount of time, there’s a good chance you’ve come across this topic. Let’s cut to the chase – siting your yard means picking where you’re going to set up your hive. It’s an important first step […]Read more »
You have a sweet idea to start a honey business but you are wondering “how much money can one make selling honey?” “Is the honey business lucrative?” “How much does it cost to start a honey business?” Well, we have been there and we know how all sorts of questions concerning the honey business can […]Read more »
Picture this — it’s a warm, sunny day and the birds are singing. You’re trying to enjoy a family picnic, but the bees are buzzing about. Should you pack it up and head inside? No! The truth is, people misunderstand these insects. Most bees won’t go out of their way to ruin your day. Here […]Read more »
Beekeeping is a fascinating hobby that is enjoyed by thousands of people across the world. Beekeepers come in all ages and from all backgrounds. Almost anyone can become a beekeeper and you can keep bees almost anywhere. Are you considering embarking on the road to becoming a beekeeper? If so, you are in for an […]Read more »
No one can deny the benefits that bees give to the world. The world’s food industry depends on them for proper pollination to feed people around the globe. Plants depend on bees to spread their pollen and many homesteaders appreciate the extra help with their crops. Bees are all around helpful to have if you […]Read more »
Have you ever wondered why one hive may act differently than others? Or maybe why your once gentle hive is suddenly out to sting anything that moves? Hive temperament can be somewhat subjective (as some people are more tolerant of froggy bees than others), however, there is generally variation from one hive to the other. […]Read more »
Honey bees and bumblebees are the two most well-known bee species. Many people assume that the two live very similarly or that what is true of honey bees is also true of bumble bees, but they have some fascinating differences. Read on to find out how bumblebees differ from honey bees. Bee Colonies Bumblebees and […]Read more »
I can see in their face that they expect a finite answer. They want my blessing or a warning against a certain hive style, but they are destined for disappointment. As with so many questions in beekeeping, my answer is not a simple “yes” or “no”. Read on for an exploration of this common query.Read more »
1. Don’t get overwhelmed Langstroth or top bar? 10 frame or 8? Plastic foundation or wax? There are a number of various hive configurations and complimentary equipment available, so much so that it can quickly be overwhelming! Bees are adaptable. Pick whatever is in your budget, and know you can always make changes later as […]Read more »
Many new beekeepers and prospective beekeepers are urged to join beekeeping clubs and organizations to learn more about the art of beekeeping. Even experienced beekeepers find themselves with questions and want to connect with other beekeepers in the area. Locally, your state’s Beekeeping Association is one of the best resources for you to tap into. […]Read more »
I first became interested in bees by attending local beekeeping club classes. These classes taught me information on bee biology, how to choose the right equipment, and how to set up my first two hives. There are free online courses available and excellent books on the subject, but I found that personal hands-on help was […]Read more »
Every honey harvest is exciting, but our first is something I won’t likely forget! We’d been waiting and tending to our bees for almost two years… hoping, wondering and (frankly) worrying. But that first taste of golden nectar made it all worth it. Since our first harvest quite a few years ago, we’ve somewhat streamlined […]Read more »
When my husband told me he wanted to keep bees I was NOT on board with the idea. When I was 11 years old my dad was stung by a bald face hornet, had a terrible reaction, and went into cardiac arrest. He made it through, but it was one of the most terrifying experiences […]Read more »