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Changing comb – Part 1 – Season 6

If I was allowed to talk about only one rule every natural beekeeper should abide by, it would be changing honey comb (foundation) yearly. Yes, it means that the bees will be spending time, energy and food on building new foundation (so, I make them do it in the fall). Yes, you will need to be monitoring the hive for some stubborn…

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For beekeeper’s garden: Sedum “Autumn Joy”

Sedums – ducks don’t seem to bother them I planted these Sedums (“Autumn Joy”) a few years ago. Every year, early in the spring, I divide the plants, and each August they produce the most amazing blooms. Heat, drought, chicken and ducks trumpeting all over… nothing deters this plant from producing these gorgeous blooms. Blooms and wonderful fragrance are not its only…

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The bee needs her sleep too

Did you know that the bees need their sleep too? In 1983, Walter Kaiser made an interesting discovery: honeybees slept. In 2014, biologists Barrett Klein, Martin Stiegler, Arno Klein, and Jürgen Tautz from the universities of Würzburg and Wisconsin La Crosse (USA) published more research in the journal PLoS ONE. (https://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/en/sonstiges/meldungen/detail/artikel/schlaf-bi/) Some of their findings include that facts that house bees took about…

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Adding honey supers – Season 6

We have had very hot and dry months of June and July, so it was a great relief to get some rain in August. I was able to check on two of the four beehives that I had set up for making honey (with double deep supers). Two of them were ready for expansion. You see how almost every frame has had the comb…

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Fast expanding hives – Season 6

In my previous post, I described how I had five colonies, four of which were moved into double-deep-super size beehives for the summer expansion (they are my honey making colonies). I made a split from one of those colonies.   The fifth colony was split as well, with both beehives positioned on the same stand, equal distance away from the…

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Expanding to double deep supers – Season 6

So, this year, I started with 5 colonies in the spring. Due to my family circumstances, I did not have the time to start queen replacement process and, instead, decided to let the bees decide when they need to replace their queens. The queens were old. The colonies were rather large, so I made sure that I removed the bottom tray earlier…

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Spring check – Season 6

The weather this winter was rather mild. I did not have to wrap the hives, and the colonies seem to have faired quite well. The way I checked the colonies without opening them is the following: I untied the strap and removed the feeding bottle. Then, I gently lifted the hive about an inch or two on one side. That…

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A Good Beekeeper?

A Good Beekeeper?

I wrote a while ago that I had been buying seeds from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Co for 8 years. I have got a collection of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seeds in my freezer by now. Their mission is to preserve heirloom seeds. This past year only, they added a very exciting selection of edible and decorative flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs and…

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Bee packages – Part IV -Season 4

This is a continuation of my posts on the three new bee colonies, which I started from packages this year. In the last week of July, I always schedule a mid-summer check-up for my beehives. We still have a very productive month of August ahead of us, so it is time to check on honey supers and dust the colonies. The important…

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Benefits of honey

About honey – Part I

Today, I am going to tell you about the benefits of raw honey. This is a very short summary from what I read about honey in beekeeping magazines with my own thoughts added. I will list the resources at the end. As most people already know, bees forage for nectar mostly on flowering plants. Those flowering plants need bees and other…

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