I loathe January. If January were a vegetable, it would be cauliflower except unlike cauliflower January can’t be redeemed with a cheese sauce. New Year’s Day is an awful. Everyone is tired because they stayed up too late. January is when everyone starts overly ambitious resolutions to exercise more and drink kale smoothies for breakfast. January is also a terrible month if you are a beekeeper. The weather is too cold to open the hives. You just have to hope that all your fall preparations are working and you don’t have a pile of dead bees at the bottom of the hive.
Christmas is just around the corner, and many of you may have started thinking about what to buy your friends and family for Christmas. If you have a beekeeper on your list, I am here to help you. Continue reading
Recently I met a friend for lunch, and over sandwiches she inquired about our honey bees. I love talking about our bees, and she is a good friend who indulges me. After I provided a status update she asked, “Are you making money yet?” Her direct question caught me off guard. Most people ask us when we will have honey available, and I think my friend was curious to know if our colonies had reached a point where we could harvest honey for sale. Doug and I are first year beekeepers, so we are letting the bees have all the honey this year to get them through the winter. Nevertheless, my friend’s question made me wonder if hobby beekeepers could make a profit from their bees. Continue reading
This is the story of how we managed one of our new hives that was without a laying queen for nearly 2 months.
April 2018 was a time of great anticipation. Doug and I ordered 2 nucs of bees to begin our beekeeping adventure. The local supplier we used sold both Italian and Russian bees. We carefully selected Italian bees, and by carefully selected I mean we asked the guy at the store known as The Bee Man, “What do you recommend for new beekeepers?” He sighed, paused 2 seconds and said, “Go with the Italians.” That conversation was back in February when we ordered our bees. In late April, we received a call that our two nucs were ready for pickup. Continue reading
Here is something that may blow your mind…..You can order bees through the mail. That’s right. You can order a box of bees, referred to as a package of bees, that is shipped to you through the US Post Office. Continue reading
In the fall of 2017, my husband and I decided to become beekeepers. Actually we are not beekeepers yet. We started our hives this year, and the saying goes that you are not really a beekeeper until you get your bees through the winter. Until you do that, you are a “bee-haver” but not a “bee-keeper.” Beekeeping has been a great hobby that my husband and I can enjoy together. Continue reading