What I've learned From Bees The weather is getting cooler now and the leaves have started to turn beautiful colors and drop. There are not many flowers left blooming either. This is the time that birds get to enjoy fruits and seed heads. Bees, on the other hand, are busy gathering the last pollen and... Continue Reading →
Yes, It's a Weed But.... I have no idea how Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) aka Milkweed came to be in our garden. They just showed up two years ago and have stayed ever since. Getting rid of it proved to be not an easy task, but taming it is quite easy. I just pull the... Continue Reading →
Why Do They Keep Building It? I had to remove burr combs for the first time this year. I felt so guilty for doing it since there were so many capped cells and open cells with larvae and eggs in them. I have wasted a few hundred would-be worker bees. Two weeks have passed since... 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 →
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 →
After being Beat Up By Two Storms A little over a week after Hurricane Sandy rolled over our area, a Nor'easter rolled right in and brought us 6" of snow over night. After the storm cleared, the temperature slowly creeped up to mid 60° F, and then the rain hit today. Not much left of... Continue Reading →
Still A Lot More Autumn will be here in a week; September 22nd is the first day to be exact. I don't really go by the date when I think of autumn. I depend on the temperature and plants in the garden to tell me that fall is coming. The same goes for spring when... Continue Reading →
Dumbfounded Beekeeper Our bees are still working hard and they still don't have to go far for refreshment. There are some Echinacea left in the garden since I dead-headed some of them and left some for the American Goldfinches. The Butterfly Bushes (Buddleia) seem like a bar during happy hour with so many butterflies and... Continue Reading →