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 Less Pleasant Side of Modern Beekeeping: Varroa Mite Management

The excitement of the honey harvest past me, I’ve turned my attention to Varroa mites.  I performed sugar rolls utilizing the handy kit from the Bee Squad mid July. I knew my hives had mites; all of our hives have mites. I wanted a baseline number and a push to choose a treatment because I… Continue reading The Less Pleasant Side of Modern Beekeeping: Varroa Mite Management

Blackberrypalooza

Patience.  It’s a virtue.  It’s just not one of my better traits. I planted three bare root, thornless blackberry bushes on the outside of my garden years ago.  Not much happened the first two years.  They grew, produced a lot of leaves and some berries, but nothing to write home about.  Somewhere along years three… Continue reading Blackberrypalooza

Honey Harvest 2017

Great things often come from small beginnings.  Such was the case with my honey harvest this year.  This honey harvest is one for the books.  You’ll recall the winter loss of my amazing blue queen who produced gentle, diligent bees that provided a wonderful honey harvest last year.  It was a sad affair for me,… Continue reading Honey Harvest 2017

Water Sources for Bees

Summer in Maryland means stickiness.  This is not the same glorious stickiness we negotiate when we’re harvesting honey.  It’s much less desirable as the heat and humidity make us want another shower five minutes after getting out of one.  If it’s that hot for us, imagine how honey bees feel! All animals need hydration.  In… Continue reading Water Sources for 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