Sarah’s Bees

Last summer we had a party at our house and one of Diana’s yoga students was interested in my bees and asked if I would be interested in helping her put some bees on her property.  Sarah and her husband have a nice piece of property that backs up to Read more…

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Lookin’ for queen cells

Spring is the time of year when the thoughts of bees turn to swarming.  Most people think of swarms of bees as something to be feared – images of nasty swarms swooping from the skies, terrorizing women and children.  Oops, sorry, that’s my fear of Congress. Swarming is actually reproduction Read more…

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Year end wrap up

After a long and spectacular fall, winter weather finally arrived in full force.  On Monday morning at 9:30 am, it was 68 degrees.  By 1:30 pm, it was 23 degrees.  Temps were sub-zero Wednesday night and we got our first real snow of the season this week.  Going from highs Read more…

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Slovenian Bee Geeking

When my wife and I got married, I was finishing up graduate school and our “honeymoon” consisted of driving a car and a pickup truck pulling a U-Haul trailer from Montana to Vermont in 3 days.  So, after 25 years, it was time to take a real vacation and the Read more…

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New bees for 2014

Last Saturday, I spent the morning passing out bee packages for Tim Brod of Highland Honey Bees.  We passed out almost 500 packages to buyers of all shapes and sizes.  My favorites were the kids who would come with their parents.  Some of them were really into it and others Read more…

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The most wonderful time of the year!

No, it’s not Christmas (sorry Andy Williams), it’s Springtime! For beekeepers, it’s a time of swarms, splits, new bees and hives.  For gardeners, it’s a time for cleanup, plantings, new gardens and watching the rebirth of nature. This year, I’m adding another hive, same style as the other (Hardison Top Read more…

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Waiting and wondering

Last weekend was fairly mild, so I decided to take advantage of the nice weather to open up the hive and check on the girls.  From the outside, I’ve been watching them bring in pollen and everything was looking hunky-dory.  But even with a window on the side of the Read more…

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Bees and death

One of the worst things for me about keeping bees is killing them or watching them die.  The first bee I killed was just after I started my hive when I wanted to be sure I wasn’t allergic to bee venom.  Miles McGaughey told me how to catch a bee Read more…

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