Honey Bee Forage Sources in Maryland

We watched our girls visit early bloomers like winter aconite, crocus, and hellebores, grateful for these food sources while we wait for the warmer temperatures needed to wake up more pollen and nectar-rich plants.  April is now upon us with promises of rising temperatures, sunny skies and rain to help in the cause.  These warmer… Continue reading Honey Bee Forage Sources in Maryland

Vegetable Gardening for Honey Bees

These cold winter days don’t allow for much gardening time.   Like many of you, I’ve been considering the possibilities that spring planting offers lately, particularly as seed catalogs pile up and lure me into their pages with colorful spreads of summer’s bounty.  Last week, it was warm enough for bees to fly.  I went out… Continue reading Vegetable Gardening for Honey Bees

Winter Bee Food Sources

As I write this just before Christmas, we’ve had snow three times already this winter. Cold enough for snow means honey bees are clustered deep within their hive bodies, diligently working to sustain their lineage via regulating temperature, caring for the queen and raising limited brood, all the while eating through their honey stores. The… Continue reading Winter Bee Food Sources

Fall Planting for Honey Bees

Fall planting can begin now, in August while it’s really hot and humid.  That’s because now is the time to take stock of what is feeding your honey bees during the nectar dearth.   This time of the year, the abundance of nectar rich spring and summer bloomers have past their prime.  If your bees… Continue reading Fall Planting for Honey Bees

The Magic of Nectar Becoming Honey

A fast warm up with not just warm but down right hot days this spring allowed plants to bloom early, providing pollen and nectar to pollinators searching for much needed food.  The past few weeks were more indicative of spring with lots of rain and cooler weather, although the whole package is typical Maryland weather- unpredictable.  … Continue reading The Magic of Nectar Becoming Honey

Waiting on Honey

As the nectar flow draws to a close, the girls diligently forage for the last of their key nectar and pollen sources, storing away the goodness to be turned into honey.  Few tulip poplar and black locust blooms remain, and those that do, are vulnerable to wind and rain. Now that the danger of frost… Continue reading Waiting on Honey

Making Honey

The nectar flow is here in Maryland!  These exciting words represent a lot of hope and excitement, not to mention work, for honey bees and beekeepers alike.   My large hive has three supers in place as the girls arduously work important nectar sources during this brief, but important time period.  Those now heavy top boxes contain the curing honey that I hope… Continue reading Making Honey