Labor Day is considered the unofficial end to summer. Yet here we are seemingly melting in heat and humidity! Fortunately, cooler days are on the horizon for us and nature. My bees have spent a lot of these hot days bearding, driven from their abodes by mite treatments and hot, humid conditions. When they are… Continue reading Fall Food for Pollinators
Many beekeepers are fond of watching the miracles of monarch development unfold alongside our honey bee colonies. Often recognized as a field weed of sorts, milkweed is a valuable food source to many pollinators. It is slow to emerge in spring, but once established, this native readily returns and multiplies. In our area, milkweed blooms… Continue reading Milkweed: It’s Not Just for Monarchs
While June’s arrival signals the start of summer and all the delightful offerings we dream of in cold, dreary February, it also signals the dreaded end of the nectar flow here in Maryland. It’s been an interesting flow, one with heavy, prolonged rains, but also one with nectar stores now needing to be cured. Our… Continue reading Hello, Summer!
And the nectar flow! The Maryland nectar flow relies upon tulip poplar, black locust and blackberry, all beginning to bloom as my scaled hive proves with steady increases of five to seven pounds each day last week. As we revel in warm weather, watching our busy girls returning to the hives with full bellies of nectar… Continue reading April Showers Bring May Flowers
As I shared in When Things Go Wrong: Chicken Infirmary, Part 1, things can go wrong with your chickens with little warning. Having emergency supplies like gloves, antiseptic and temporary housing at the ready can make a big difference in aiding your chickens. But sometimes, it’s not enough. Friday morning, I let the girls out… Continue reading When Things Go Wrong: Chicken Infirmary, Part 2
In my research before getting my chickies, I recall reading about the importance of having emergency supplies on hand in the event that something goes wrong, because when dealing with animals, things happen. I assembled a sundry of supplies to keep in my storage shed for just such emergencies, hoping that by keeping them… Continue reading When Things Go Wrong: Chicken Infirmary, Part 1
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