A Gentle Way to Install a Swarm

Round 3 – or is it 4…

It was Mother’s Day. We were headed to our son’s house for a celebratory feast for a room full of mothers. As the matriarch of the group, or at least, the oldest, I had made a kick-A potato salad of grand proportions.… Read more

The Morning After….

When we left our last installment, which appeared to be a swarm off the swarm from the little cedar that took to clustering in the loganberries, we found that capturing the bees off a fencepost was not a particularly easy or smooth operation, particularly compared with the first swarm event where we just encouraged them to move into a new hive.… Read more

The Bee Saga Continues

It’s been a little crazy at the backyard apiary, to say the least.

At the end of our last blogpost, we had a swarm of bees on a small cedar. We provided them options: a swarm “trap” (aka “bait box”) scented with lemongrass oil up in a nearby tree OR an empty hive, complete with the scent of “home” from the previous residents and an indoor supply of sugar syrup to get them started.… Read more

Swarm Alert!

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The honeybee swarm is draping the little cedar like a living cloak!

In doing the morning garden rounds yesterday, we noticed the little cedar tree over by the beehives looked a bit odd – and as we got closer, we realized, Holey Moley!… Read more

Avoiding Shaken Bee Syndrome

New Bee Package
See the happy beekeeper with her new package of bees (Thank you, Walt Wielbicki, for capturing the excitement in this photo!)

[or How to Completely Botch a Relatively Simple Bee Installation By Making Things WAAY More Complicated than Need Be (bee) (and 1 long video and 3 short ones to show you exactly it’s done!)]

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December Bees

Honeybees in December

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What Joy! The honeybees are out and about!  They seem to be enjoying this break between rainstorms in early December. Such a beautiful afternoon warming the outside of the hives; you can almost feel their excitement at such a sunny day.… Read more

Warre Beehive Update: Save the Queen!

The Bee-Well Update:

Here is how the schedule went in obtaining and installing the bees into their new Warre Hive at Barbolian Fields:

Wednesday evening: bees packaged up in Oregon

Thursday morning: bees traveled to Sequim, WA. We picked them up at 11:30 a.m.… Read more

Let ‘er Bee Free!

I know you have all been on the edge of your seats, wondering how this all went down. Not to worry, dear friends – I have managed to conquer a major fear and turn it into a fascination – perhaps even a life-long passion.… Read more

Warre Hives Set Up at Barbolian Fields

The Warre Hives are finished and out in the field, awaiting the bees!

Here is a video to show you how it’s all put together (plus a little introductory harp music by yours truly – just can’t resist!)

Want a closer look?

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Bee Ready – Ain’t Mis-bee-havin’!

April has been a busy month, getting things in the ground, getting the weeds around the garlic under control, and most of all, getting ready for the arrival of 4 pounds – read that, 15-20 thousand (I keep finding different numbers on how many in a pound, but really, who’s counting?) – bees.… Read more