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The importance of bumblebees can’t be overstated as pollinators for agriculture both in the field and in greenhouses. Unlike honey bees, they are able to forage under cold, rainy, and cloudy conditions, so it is possible to see them in all kinds of weather. Even in an early cold morning, you can see a bumblebee […]Read more »
One of the most important decisions that a beekeeper who wants to sell their honey harvest is what to place on their honey label. Appealing to a consumer and stand out from other honey products, the label needs to capture someones attention. Plus, there is limited space to convey your honey benefits to a consumer. […]Read more »
Ummmm…..that’s sooo good! I hear that phrase over and over when someone tastes my home-grown honey for the first time. Their face lights up and a look of delight transforms them when they dip their fingers into the sticky sunshine. Most people are used to the purchased plastic bear of generic clover honey (sometimes adulterated) […]Read more »
It’s amazing the way a beehive can have a personality. While the colony is made up of thousands of individual bees, it is the overall, collective demeanor of the group that makes it as if you are working with a single organism. If you have an overly-aggressive hive you can change the behavior of […]Read more »
The governor of Michigan just declared a State of Emergency for our state due to record-breaking low temperatures. As I write this post, it’s currently -6 degrees F with a wind-chill of -30. So worrying if our hive is overheated is really not a concern right now…quite the opposite. However, coming this spring, I will […]Read more »
Finding the queen bee in your hives can be challenging— even for veteran beekeepers. Some queens are plump and shine like a gold beacon on the frame, while others seem to have camouflage. Not only does your ability to find her depend on her size and color, but her behavior, too. Some queens flaunt themselves in […]Read more »
When my husband first showed interest in beekeeping, one of my biggest fears is that we would accidentally end up with a “Killer Bee” colony. I had heard rumors of Killer Bee colonies coming up from states like Florida to the north. Images of bee swarms chasing us in angry pursuit and thousands of deadly […]Read more »
Now that you have harvested honey and the bees have been tucked away for winter, now is a great time to review the season while your memory is still fresh. An honest review of your beekeeping year will help to improve next year. So let’s get started! What Worked This is the easiest and most […]Read more »
Nectar dearth is a phrase that you hear frequently in beekeeping. Simply put, it means that instead of your honeybees finding readily available nectar and pollen-producing flowers, they are chowing down on their stored honey. And bees need honey stores to survive my cold winters here in the mid-Atlantic. Supplemental feeding is the option that […]Read more »