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The more we learn about honeybees, the more fascinating they are. They live not as individuals, but as a super-organism in a perfectly ordered society and they are in every way adapted to live purposeful and productive lives without wasting time, energy or natural resources. Here are a few glimpses into their complex world. […]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. Yield: 3 ounces Ingredients 2 tablespoons beeswax 1/4 cup olive oil 40 drops (2 milliliters) lemongrass […]Read more »
Armed with these guiding principles, you’ll be able not only to plan your own space but also to impress friends with brief but impressively knowledgeable lectures on how to plant specifically for honeybees! QUANTITY, QUALITY AND VARIETY Plentiful supplies of varied forage are essential to help honeybees withstand the impact of disease and harmful environmental […]Read more »
When temperatures rise to miserable or dangerous levels, your bees may be at risk. Much of the country is suffering higher than normal temperatures this week, but some beekeepers are also suffering colony losses. Most of the time, bees are best able to control the temperature inside the hive themselves, but when thermostats rise above […]Read more »
That might sound like a confusing title for a beekeeping post, so let me explain. We’ve been keeping bees for a little over 7 years. Over those 7 years, we’ve made an observation. This observation may be purely coincidental, but it’s worth noting. And I’d love to hear what you all think in the […]Read more »
It may sound counter-intuitive, or even irresponsible to suggest that new beekeepers, people who know very little about hands-on beekeeping, should plunge full stop and buy two hives right off the bat. But it is in that inexperience where keeping two hives proves the most beneficial. By all means, if you can only afford […]Read more »
Congregating bees on the front of the hive is called bearding and new beekeepers often panic at the sight. Reacting to conditions within the hive, bees can mound themselves up in layers or form a single layer on a large area of the front of the hive. Smoking them back into the hive, squirting […]Read more »
Catching a swarm is one of my favorite parts of beekeeping. Even though my phone rings off the hook in spring with live bee removal requests, I still feel a thrill when someone calls about a swarm. Most beekeepers love to catch swarms because they are docile and easy to remove. But even the most […]Read more »
As Joel Salatin wrote, “Everything I want to do is illegal.” This can often feel true, especially when you want to live a more self sufficient life. Not all of us are in a situation where we can live in a rural area. Perhaps you have a “city” job that you enjoy, but would […]Read more »
One of the best ways to encourage, engage and find like-minded people is to start a club. Clubs are a great way to refresh your enthusiasm toward a subject that you love. Interaction, learning and discussion can recharge the enthusiast’s passion and can help you to enjoy an activity even more. Each bee club […]Read more »