Honey - Bee in Harmony - Rowe Apiaries

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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Honey - Bee in Harmony

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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Beehive Spring Check- Bee in Harmony

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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Rowe Apiaries - bee hive ready for expansion - Sophia Rowe

Bee Packages – Part III – Season 4


Yesterday, I checked on my three new colonies, which were started from nucs this May. I remember when I started beekeeping, I often took my brood frames out during the honey season, to check on egg laying and the queen. This process was very disruptive to the colonies. As I read later, it would take them at least three days…

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Rowe Apiaries - Japanese Beetles trap - Sophia Rowe

Japanese Beetles


The summer is all joy for our family. We take a month off from studies (we homeschool) in June, and try to do as much work on the garden as possible. June is when we have our harvest of strawberries, blackberries, sweet cherries and peaches. June is also the month of Japanese Beetle. Japanese Beetles (Popillia japonica) eat everything. They…

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Ants in a beehive

Ants in the hive


We had never had ants in our hives. Ever. Until this summer, the bees had successfully kept the ants away from their honey. So, as I walked around our honey hive, I was alarmed to see the ants marching  and disappearing under the lid. My smoker was stubbornly failing to smoke and I began to contemplate opening the hive without…

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