November and the Bees

November and the Bees

TweetThe bees continue to cluster for winter.  They may not yet go into a full winter cluster.  They may break cluster frequently on warm days and recluster at night.  But they will begin to cluster for the winter. November And The Beekeeper: Feed your light hives as...

Beekeepers’ October

TweetOctober and the Bees:  The bees are now shifting into winter mode.  There are less reasons for the bees to leave the hive.  Flying is cut way down. The QUEEN is laying fewer eggs. October and the Beekeeper:  The goal is to have the bees fill the upper brood...
Why Does Honey Vary in Color and Taste?

Why Does Honey Vary in Color and Taste?

TweetBoth the color and the taste of honey depends on where the bees buzz. The flavor of honey is determined by the nectar of the flowers the honey bees visited. For example, the honey created from the nectar of the orange blossom looks and tastes totally different...
Darwinian Beekeeping

Darwinian Beekeeping

TweetThomas Seeley presented at the Eastern Apiculture Society annual conference August 2017 discussing the concept of Darwinian Beekeeping.  When we think of Darwin we think survival of the fittest (6th grade science).  Darwin’s theory of evolution is basically the...
What is a NUC?

What is a NUC?

Tweet‘Nucs’ or nucleus colonies are small honey bee colonies created from larger colonies. The name is derived from the fact that a nuc hive is centered on a queen – the nucleus of the honey bee colony. A five frame nuc consists of a “laying” queen that has already...

Planting the Right Garden for Pollinators

TweetFor bees, their forage or food supply consists of nectar and pollen from blooming plants within flight range (2 – 3 mile radius).  The source for nectar and pollen differ with the region, season, and vegetation.  So, before you begin to plant…..check out...