Wild Bees

Wild Bees

Most of my beekeeping focuses on honeybees. But I’ve been dabbling in natural pollinators for almost five years now. They’re a valuable part of natural beekeeping. Native bees will pollinate my apple and fruit trees when honeybees won’t touch them. And many of them fly in weather that keeps honeybees in their hives. They are shy, varied, independent and beautiful. It’s quite easy to provide […]

An Introduction to Natural Beekeeping

An Introduction to Natural Beekeeping

Phil Chandler has released An Introduction to Natural Beekeeping. It’s free. And it can be read online or downloaded in various formats. Beekeepers, new to natural beekeeping, are often surprised how simple natural beekeeping is. And at six pages, Phil’s ebook is a fast read. It describes all the basic principles a natural beekeeper must know. And it’s a good read. Check it out. Phil […]

Commercial Beekeeping – End of Decades

Commercial Beekeeping – End of Decades

The Beginnings I’ve been around commercial beekeeping since  high school, when I was hired as cheap labor. Then, few treatments, if  any were used. And even feeding sugar,  except for emergencies, was hotly debated. I saw lots of swarms. Hive populations were large. So were the honey crops. Routine requeening wasn’t practiced. And winter loses were easily made up by splitting in the spring. After […]

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