Monthly Archives : September 2016

Old comb - Bee In Harmony

Changing comb – Part 2 – Season 6


The fall is here. It is time to harvest honey. For us, natural beekeepers, it is also time to  change the comb (foundation). Every year, as I harvest my honey, I change from deep double supers to my regular width deep supers, and in the process, I inspect each frame, looking for any dark comb and brood. I either set it aside for…

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Honey comb - Bee in Harmony - a natural beekeeper's blog

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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Sedum - Autumn Joy - Bee in Harmony - a natural beekeeper's blog

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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Bee in Harmony - a natural beekeeper's blog

The bee needs her sleep too


Did you know that the bees need their sleep too? In 1983, Walter Kaiser made an interesting discovery: honey bees 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…

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