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
“Beekeeping is a lot of like chess,” my husband exclaimed one night at dinner. “I think that’s why I like beekeeping so much. You always have to think ahead, and it isn’t always obvious what you should do next.”
Tomorrow is opening day. To many the beginning of the baseball season marks the beginning of spring. The bees have also been letting us know that spring is on the way. Continue reading
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
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
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
No two words instill more fear or disappointment in a beekeeper than the words DEAD-OUT. A dead-out is when a bee colony dies. You go to your hive expecting to see a colony of honey bees, and instead you see nothing but dead bees.