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About marriedwithbees

I am half of a husband and wife beekeeping team. In 2016, I left the corporate world to focus on things that matter: helping people, raising bees, tending the garden and playing with dogs.

How Do You Celebrate World Bee Day?

May 20 is World Bee Day.  I don’t know the proper custom for celebrating this holiday.  A magical bee fairy doesn’t come and visit children at night and leave presents.  Although, you may want to stand by your kids beds while they sleep and make a buzzing sound.   When they wake up you can yell “Surprise!  It’s World Bee Day.”  The purpose of World Bee Day is to draw attention to the plight of all bees not just the honey bees, who I believe have much better publicists than the other bees.  World bee day seemed like a good day to write a post about the status of our honey bees. Continue reading

Lessons from Our First Year of Beekeeping

My husband and I have been keeping bees for a full year now, and I have to admit that we both have become obsessed with this hobby.  We started with two nucs last spring.  Beekeeping was an adventure from the very first day.  On our way home from the bee supplier, bees kept flying out of the nuc box and filling our truck cab.  Driving with bees flying around your head can be a challenge!  We split our strongest colony last summer, and we came out of winter this year with three healthy bee colonies.  Since we just reached our one year anniversary, I thought now was an appropriate time to reflect on some of the key lessons from year one. Continue reading

Making a Bee Hotel

Most people don’t realize that over 4,000 species of bees live in North America.  Many of the same factors that threaten honey bees threaten wild bees.  Honey bees just have better publicists so you hear more about the struggles of honey bees.  People can help wild bees by making bee hotels.  Bee hotels provide habitat to some of the common wild bees such as mason bees and leaf cutter bees that make their homes in small cavities they find in wood. Continue reading

Honey Bees And The Green New Deal

Marriedwithbees.com is all about bees and beekeeping.  I don’t make political statements because even though I have opinions I recognize that rational, educated people have different life experiences and different opinions.  That’s ok with me.  The bees don’t care.  Bees make honey for people of all political persuasion, and bees will sting without preference to political party.  I have been reading news article about H. Res. 109 (aka The Green New Deal) introduced by Representative Ocasio-Cortez, but today I decided to read the actual text of the resolution in order to see, “What’s in it for the bees?” Continue reading

The Honey Bee, The Almond, And The Miracle of Modern Agriculture

As new beekeepers, we read a lot about bees.  I can’t stress enough to people considering beekeeping that you need to do your homework.  The homework isn’t difficult.  No calculus is involved, but it requires time and effort.  As we studied, I kept coming across references to almonds and California almond orchards.  I decided to investigate further, and what I found was astonishing.  Thus, this blog post was created so you could be astonished too. Continue reading