As I was preparing for West Medford Open Studios, I was going through my hives. Two of them – incidentally the ones in West Medford – introduced a unique challenge. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Hives”
On Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, 2016, I’m going to participate in West Medford Open Studios (at my West Medford apiary), and answer any questions you may have about bees and beekeeping. Continue reading “West Medford Open Studios”
Normally, a honeybee colony has a single, mature queen in it. That queen actively lays eggs, worker bees tend to the larvae hatching out of the eggs until they seal the cell these larva are in and let them transform into an adult bee. Continue reading “How do bees choose their queen”
Bee swarming is normal bee behavior. It’s the process in which the bees in one colonies decide to make two colonies. Without swarming, new bee colonies would never be created and bees would be doomed to perish. Continue reading “Why do bees swarm?”
What plants should you get
Getting flowering plants that are native to the area is great. Anital Deeley from Beverly Bees compiled a list of plants that would be good for bees and other pollinators.
Where you can get treatment-free plants
Most big companies pre-treat all their seeds and plants with neonicotinoid insecticides. Continue reading “Bees and your back yard”