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An afternoon with the bees

The Sanskrit word seva is usually translated as “selfless service” – work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. It’s an important part of my practice both at the ashram and in my everyday life.  Every summer, the youth … Continue reading

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In the bleak midwinter….

… it’s time to get ready for a new beekeeping season!  For the first time in a while, we’re having a snowy, wintery day in Colorado.  This winter has been very dry and fluctuated from highs in the 60’s to … Continue reading

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Sharing the joy of harvesting honey

For many (if not most) beekeepers, harvesting honey is one of the most enjoyable times of the year.  Your bees survived the winter or you got new bees in the spring, you tended them with care through the summer to … Continue reading

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Mites and Robbers

Sarah’s hive was one of the most productive of my hives this year.  Even though the bees did a lot of cross combing, they made some of the most beautiful and tasty white honey combs. The colony had been booming … Continue reading

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August Musings

It’s been a hot, dry summer for the bees, but that hasn’t stopped them from making a good crop of honey.  Normally, first year packages spend their time building comb and enough honey to get them through the winter and … Continue reading

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Comb Honey

I took advantage of a change in the weather (30 degrees F cooler than yesterday) to harvest some of the honey out of BnB1.  In past inspections, they had been making brand new white comb in the back and capping … Continue reading

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Harvest Time

Since BnB2 was completely full last time I checked, I needed to pull out a couple of bars of capped honey to make some room.  The nice thing about top bar hives is that you can open up the back, … Continue reading

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Products of the hive – Lip Balm

In addition to honey, a beehive can provide other goodies like wax, pollen pellets and propolis.  With a top bar hive, you get wax when you harvest the honey.  In a Langstroth hive, the honey is spun out of the … Continue reading

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