Monthly Archives : February 2013

Why I use hydrogen peroxide


I just read an article on nine uses of HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. So, I wanted to write this quick post on how I use hydrogen peroxide for beekeeping. Bee Base (British scientific source for beekeepers) lists washing soda as an effective washing ingredient (Best Practice Guideline No. 3 – Apiary and hive hygiene (updated September 2011)). Washing soda and water even…

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In the Garden: a lesson learned


Two years ago, when we were planning our large raised-bed garden, I somehow thought that it would be a good idea to use the weed screen between those raised beds… We spaced the boxes 3 feet apart, laid the screen overlapping under each box and, finally, laid some old hay on the top. In just a few months, the weeds…

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Bee Plant: Beach Rose


Since I came to the US many years ago, I spent countless hours looking for rosehip producing rose plants. Rosehip tea is very popular in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It was only when I discovered Dave’s garden (http://davesgarden.com) and began looking at each of their highest ranking online nurseries that I came across Forest Farm. So, for several years,…

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Natural Beekeeping 101: Smoking: Part 1


Smoking is a hot topic among Eastern European beekeepers. A few things discussed year after year on forums and in Pchelovodstvo journal are: • Smoke is dangerous to beekeeper. • Smoke is stressful to bees. • Smoke particles will end up in the beeswax. • Polluting and potentially setting a whole neighborhood on fire is not something to be proud…

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For beekeeper’s garden: Wormwood


Common Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) Wormwood is a very pleasantly smelling perennial plant. It is great for making a flea powder (using D.E. as a base). I have used it on both animals and birds (chickens). And some may even try it in their deworming powder for goats (be careful, as it may damage liver). Now, what about bees? Wormwood is…

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Plants for bees

Planting season


I saw large tractors with tillers driving on our country roads the other day: the planting season is almost here… We have vegetable and herb gardens and multiple beds with dwarf fruit trees, shrubs and flowers. For our family, besides, of course, money, food allergies and time constraints, there is also an issue of choosing decorative plants safe around children……

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Why keep bees?

Why keep bees?


What is a better way to start a blog than tell you why anyone in today’s very busy world would want to keep bees? As you may know, the bees may sting, scare the neighbors, swarm in one’s yard (preferably during a nice hot weekend planned for outdoor activities and barbeque) and generally require one’s serious research to become a…

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