Category Archives: beekeeping

Grocery Shopping with Honey Bees

Grocery shopping has taken on a new meaning in the pandemic.  Grocery shopping is my favorite of all the household chores.  I love the orderliness of a grocery store, the bright lighting, and the products from around the world.  I like trying to find the subtle Jedi mind tricks that the grocery store uses to get me to buy more.  Grocery shopping has become a more harrowing and utilitarian chore since the pandemic.  I no longer linger in the aisles.  I get in and out like a commando hoping that I haven’t contracted a deadly virus along the way.  Our local bee club hosted a virtual club meeting this month with the Kentucky State Apiarist, Dr. Tammy Horn Potter.  She educated us on honey bee nutrition and discussed what forager bees have on their “grocery list.”  In this post, I will share with you some of Dr. Potter’s facts, which blew my mind.  Her talk resonated with me since I like both bees and grocery stores. Continue reading

Pandemic Beekeeping

This spring started out full of promise.  We had gentle warm days and mild, cool evenings.  The spring flowers were magnificent and provided a much needed mental boost to all of us stuck in quarantine.  The bees were doing well too packing in honey and increasing their numbers.  Just when everything was going great, the weather gave us a sucker punch.  Did Mother Nature tell spring to go home and shelter in place?  I am slowly learning not to expect much of 2020.  If I were going to give 2020 a theme song, it would be “Hard Candy Christmas.”  If 2020 had a slogan, it would be “You get what you get and don’t throw a fit.”

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