Category / Beekeeping

December 1, 2012
Honeybees work.  They work all spring and summer to store up enough pollen and honey for their colony to survive the winter.  However, sometimes, their best efforts are not enough and they can end up starving to death if their supplies run out.  As you have read, in the early spring and late fall when…

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November 4, 2012
Yesterday, As I was tidying up around the apiary removing leaves, I discovered these two poor little drone that had been removed from the hive.  Read moreThe Drones

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November 2, 2012
Hives with mouse guards perched on top ready to be inserted. Winter preparations have begun. This week I took the honey supers (honey collectors) off of the last hive. Three weeks ago these two supers were half-full of uncapped honey. As I removed the supers, they were barren of honey. The bees must have moved…

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September 14, 2012
Eggplant, cardoon, basil and tomatoes thrive near the hives. My nine year old son decided to title this post.  You see, I had a heck of a time with the bees yesterday!  It had been a while since I had entered my hives as I was just letting the bees do “their thing”.   During…

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August 26, 2012
I came into the house a few days ago after running errands in the afternoon. The kitchen smelled as if a skunk had just been over for a cup of tea.  Thank goodness the windows were closed and locked in my absence.  I could only imagine what it would have smelled like if they had been…

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August 4, 2012
“How doth the little busy bee  Improve each shining hour,  And gather honey all the day  From every opening flower.” ~Issac Watts We are in the middle of another heat wave.  I think the bees actually like this weather the best.  The sun is shining.  There is not a cloud in the sky and the…

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July 12, 2012
My bees are mutts.  They are a blend of Carniolan, Italian, German, Russian and Australian.  The apiary where I purchased my bees believes that by diversifying their genetics, they are hardier and more resistant to disease.  Recently when my mentor opened up my hives with me, he was amazed at how the bees’ genetics expressed…

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June 22, 2012
Bees working bits of burr comb removed from between the frames and placed at the entrance Two weeks ago, my mentor from the local beekeeper’s association came over to visit my hives for the first time.  It was a great experience.  Both hives, Willow and Briar, were growing as expected.  There was beautiful brood, capped…

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June 10, 2012
Coming in for a landing My birthday was about a week ago.  My husband always takes the kids shopping for me each year.  Each year they pick out something special all on their own.  Sometimes, it is jewelry, soap, candles or things that just remind them of me.  My littlest one, Miss M, was having…

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May 27, 2012
It has been one week since I installed the nucs into their new homes.   The entire family has enjoyed watching the hives from the kitchen window.  As we eat breakfast, we watch the bees zipping up into the sky, making literally a “bee line” to pollen locations.  Amazingly, every few seconds bees dart very quickly…

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