When a hive gets too big!

I took the time to get into the bees this afternoon and worked up a sweat! There was one hive that was very strong with 8 boxes stacked up for the one hive and that is before the honey starts going full steam. The lower six boxes had eggs and brood, so I split it…

Look out for swarms!

Now that spring weather is here, I have had the opportunity to get into the hives for inspections.  In the strong hives, there have been queen cups, which means the bees are preparing for swarming – their way of creating a new colony of bees an continuing the circle of life. There were no eggs…

Fun with bees!

I spent today putting 12 packages of bees into happy homes. While some people may get more than a little freaked out by having 36 pounds of bees in the van, I like to listen to them hum. It’s been a long day, so I’m just going to share the pictures and explain more later.

Types of honey

I was speaking at the senior center earlier this week and had folks ask about if honey from different flowers tastes different. I remembered this photo and thought I would share it with you. It shows three different harvests in one bottle. It all happened when I was trying to consolidate open bottles. Most commercially…

Spring is finally here!

It’s taken a while for the weather to break, but it’s finally been warm enough and not raining so we can paint the supers. It’s a good thing because in five days the bees we ordered will be coming in. A little close on the time table, but it works!