Bees

Clarifying Beeswax–a Rainy Weekend Task

Clarifying Beeswax–a Rainy Weekend Task

2 by / on February 8, 2015, 10:33 pm / in Bees, Farming/Gardening

One small downside of a very BIG upside to getting to see our grandchildren often is our exposure to their viruses… I’ve been a little under the weather with a cold that Eden inadvertently shared during a sleep-over. But I’m not complaining. If anything I have more empathy for her own little body that battled a cold virus that took some of the […]

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Hiving a Bee Package–A Pictorial Guide

Hiving a Bee Package–A Pictorial Guide

2 by / on April 12, 2013, 4:31 pm / in Bees

Lucy, Emma, Grace and June keep us in honey and help pollinate Fern Creek fruits and vegetables. I like thinking that some of these bees are granddaughters, great-granddaughters, and great-great-granddaughters of the initial hives, but with our hive losses every year it’s dubious. (A few males are in the mix as well, but in the bee world males exist only […]

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How to Bamboozle Bees to Prevent Swarming (& Simultaneously Spring Clean Hives)

How to Bamboozle Bees to Prevent Swarming (& Simultaneously Spring Clean Hives)

0 by / on April 6, 2013, 8:13 am / in Bees, Preservation Projections

One advantage to having someone live in the basement apartment is the potential for dinner company. Especially if I’m in the mood to cook and Mark is out of town and I want somebody to appreciate my effort. Rachel joined me for Portbella, Bacon & Kale over Grilled Polenta last night and we got to talking about the fascinating lives of bees, […]

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Bee Housing

Bee Housing

5 by / on January 31, 2013, 1:58 pm / in Bees, Preservation Projections

  (If you haven’t yet, read The Beekeeper’s Apprentice for some context before beginning this one.) Before you start assembling your hive or hives, consider where you will put it or them.  Start with two hives if you can.  Two hives gives you a comparison point, which can be helpful when you are wondering if something is normal, and can […]

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The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

2 by / on January 29, 2013, 10:22 pm / in Bees, Preservation Projections

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”       Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine     Any summer day I want I can relax with the bees, iced mocha in hand.  I sit surrounded by the wild yet gentle buzz of thousands of […]

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