Guttation Water – Oh My Gosh!

Guttation Water – Oh My Gosh!

Guttation is the process plants use to handle excess water pressure developed when the leave’s stomata are closed or they aren’t transpiring. Xylem sap moves directly from the roots, depositing water droplets directly on the leaves or other plant structures. Guttation water normally carries some sugars, a few minerals, and salts found in uncontaminated soil. But when man mistreats the soil, plant roots are exposed […]

ARS

ARS

The Idea More probiotic information. The Details A little help from our government. The ARS people are getting serious about this. The latest edition of the American Bee Journal, August 2009, page 755, outlines their approach for studying ‘The Importance of Microbes In Nutrition and Health of Honey Bee Colonies’. This is the third part of a series of articles. The first two pretty much […]

Probiotics – The Cutting Edge

Probiotics – The Cutting Edge

More From Sweden And The ARS Probiotic research will be the greatest advancement in beekeeping since beekeepers figured out how to harvest honey without killing the bees and destroying the nest. Through it, the importance of environment, bee biology and proper management will be united. The focus will be on bee and human health and nutrition. Natural beekeepers work with these concepts intuitively. But science […]

Backwards Beekeepers

Backwards Beekeepers

About a decade ago, Charles Martin Simons publish several articles in the American bee press. At the time, his ideas were revolutionary. Today, with his ideas more appropriate than ever, a Backward Beekeeper Club has been organized around them. They are active. Have a blog. And they make extensive use of Youtube. They’re  primarily oriented toward getting new urban beekeepers started in a natural way. […]

Anarchy Beekeeping!

Anarchy Beekeeping!

And The Florida Beeman I’ve just returned from a quick visit to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. While there, I thought of Sam Comfort, a beekeeper I met while living at Boynton Beach. Back then, Sam invited me out for lunch. He’s a young beekeeper with a real passion for natural beekeeping. And he was a breath of fresh air after a rather unusual encounter with the […]

Beauty

Beauty

I’ve spent a little time around the Vertical Natural Comb Hives page today. Looking at the photos again, the beauty of the Warre’ hives impressed me. There’s just something about them that is beautiful to behold. What Is Beauty? Maybe it’s the natural finish, or the proportions. Maybe it’s the simplicity of a  hive topped with a unique looking, but functional, gabled cover. Maybe it’s […]

Hello Boys, I’m Back!

Hello Boys, I’m Back!

The Idea The grass is certainly greener in Florida than Wyoming. But after circling the palm trees, it’s back to Wyoming’s western ways for me. The Details Adios Wyoming 2006 I was born and raised in Wyoming. As a skinny kid, I first worked bees for a commercial beekeeper there. College, the Army, and some initial pursuits carried me to other places. But I returned […]

The Barefoot Beekeeper

The Barefoot Beekeeper

Have you seen the barefoot beekeeper. If not, head over to Phil Chandler’s www.biobees.com website. He’s got a free Top Bar Hive ebook and you can download the ‘The Barefoot Beekeeper’. They’re a must read. And if you like the electric version, Phil’s book is available in paper. For me, there’s something about the convenience and feel of paper that I enjoy. You can find […]

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