Category / Beekeeping

July 11, 2014
Yellow jackets had taken up residence in one of our bird’s nests. Of course, they are not my type of “bees”. Although they are pollinators just the same, having them in our backyard was not a feasible option. Sadly, they built their nest too close to our living space and they had to go.Read moreThe…

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May 7, 2014
The split will now live in this nuc box until the new queen begins to lay and their numbers increase.  This week. I wanted to share how I split a beehive. All beehives that overwinter should be split come spring. This helps to prevent swarming .Read moreHow to Split a Beehive

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February 7, 2014
Activity in front of Willow but none in front of Briar. I had a bad feeling going into winter with the Briar hive. The hive should have been re-queened as they had many issues last season. But sadly, there were no queens available due to the unexpected large death of so many bee hives across…

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January 8, 2014
As you can see, this past blizzard left the beehives completely covered in snow. Each hive sits upon two cinder blocks. The snow covered those cinder blocks and fell until the first lower deep (box) was completely covered in snow. This was the most snow my hives had seen in a long time.Read moreBeehive Maintainance…

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November 15, 2013
Last week, I caught the bees outside on a warmer fall day. They were sipping water from the decorative cabbages on the front porch. I sat and watched them. Each dipped their proboscis into the water. They seemed to enjoy the warmth of the sun. Their movements were sluggish. These were not summer bees but…

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October 4, 2013
As the seasons change, it is time to begin feeding the bees. This helps to ensure their survival over the upcoming winter months. In the fall, bees take a 2:1 sugar syrup.Yesterday, I planned to place the sugar syrup feeders on the hives. Here on Cape Cod, our club suggests feeding them for the first…

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August 16, 2013
Honeybees are in trouble. Each year they continue to die off at an alarming rate. One in three bites of food you consume is due to a honeybee. Only recently have scientist started studying bees, when they soon realized that they are headed toward possible extinction. There are many potential reasons why the bees are…

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August 4, 2013
I took a moment this week to head over to my third hive. I had not visited it in a couple of weeks. When I arrived I could not believe my eyes. I opened the hive and discovered that the population had boomed!!! The hive was crowded.  At 1 pm in the afternoon, most of…

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July 30, 2013
The smoker waits near the hive to be lit. It had been approximately three weeks since I had last inspected the hives on my property entirely.  It was time to go in yesterday and take a peek at the bees’ status.  The first hive I opened was Briar. Everything looked great! There were eggs, lots…

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Sharing an inspired life from the New England seaside. Chickens, Bees, Gardens, Art and Yummy Goodness.