Monthly Archives : April 2013

Natural Beekeeping 101: Drone laying queen


There was a question on my Facebook page about drone laying queen. So, now I have some pictures! First, here is a quick bee biology reminder: The queen mates a few times in the beginning of her “career” and stays in the hive for the rest of her life. The sperm, which she collected during her mating flights, stays in…

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Observing hives in winter


I know that it is too late for this post, but I am going to give some quick points: As I mentioned before, I check on our bees every two weeks throughout the winter, primarily because we have warmer weather and the queen may be laying in January. The main thing is to continue feeding the colonies, so I have…

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Using manure in your garden?


If you are thinking about asking your neighbor to mock the barn and use that wonderful manure in your garden, think again… I have recently had a discussion about herbicides in hay with a local farmer, who has an MS degree in Agronomy and Soil (Weed Science) from Auburn University. He has opened my eyes on the issue of prevalence of herbicides…

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