Coming And Going Of Seasons Another year just about to end, a new one to start and life will go on. Nothing keeps your perspective on life in check like gardening I believe. I can see the full cycle life, from beginning to end in one season. And, nothing keeps your perspective on society in check... Continue Reading →
Back to Blogging I’ve been away from blogging for six months but it's a busy six months. Started with erecting a deer fence around the garden, which ate up most of my spring. It turns out that black, plastic net deer fencing has become an ‘IN’ thing for gardeners who have deer problems this year.... Continue Reading →
Many Activities We got a break one day last week. The temperature has gone up to a little bit above 40ºF for a day, actually for a few hours. Then it dropped back down to below freezing again a day later. But just a few hours was enough to create activity at one of the... Continue Reading →
Time to Start Seedlings There are still a few feet of snow in the garden and the temperature remains below the freezing point. There's no sign of spring in sight aside from a few confused American Goldfinches that have started to molt early. We chiseled a path around the house but not much else. House bound, pretty... Continue Reading →
Great info on bees biology and fascinating bee photos
Yesterday I went to the Federation of Middlesex Beekeepers’ Associations annual ‘Bee Keepers’ Day‘. Each year the Middlesex associations (Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, North London, Pinner & Ruislip) take it in turn to host a day of beekeeping talks; this year the day was held in Muswell Hill, North London. Below are my notes from the first speaker.
Graham Royle, beekeeper from Cheshire. ‘Apis through the looking glass’ – a look at what we really see in the beehive.
Graham has been beekeeping since 1988 and started to study for the BBKA examinations in 1995 when he decided he wanted to know more about the bees he was keeping. His studies resulted in achieving the BBKA Master Beekeeper certificate in 2002 and the National Diploma in Beekeeping in 2004 (the highest beekeeping qualification recognised in the UK). He was also awarded the Wax Chandler’s prize in 2002. Not bad, huh?
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Mission Accomplished It’s mid February and mounds of snow are piled up all over the place, the residue of blizzard ‘Nemo’. I have no idea how the bees are doing inside the hive at this point. After each snowstorm I make sure that snow or other debris doesn’t block the hive’s entrances, both upper and... Continue Reading →
Wonders of Nature Waiting for spring to come seems like forever. I should have be used to it by now, roughly three months of cold, wet weather with snow on the ground or freezing rain before I can garden outside again. But, it’s never been that easy. When plant and seed catalogs start to fill... Continue Reading →
My Way of Wintering the Bees This is my first winter as a beekeeper. I'm trying my best to help my bees survive through the winter. There is a lot of conflicting information out there about wintering the hive, especially, when it comes to insulating the hive. One apiarist suggested that it's not necessary to... Continue Reading →
Something I Overlooked: This year will be my second year as a beekeeper and hopefully I will do a better job than my freshman year. At this moment I just hope the bees survive this roller coaster winter. I know there are still some bees in the hive since I've seen dead bees on fresh... Continue Reading →
More You Can Do For The Bees; aside from the one re-blog here, is to educate many more people about bees, that they’re not mean spirited flying venom pushers, but friendly sorts when not harassed who have high work ethics and can save the human race from further destruction.