Month: March 2011

Joe Waggle’s Crayon

Joe Waggle’s Crayon

Joe Waggle shares a swarm trapping accessory. He puts lemon grass essential oil into melted beeswax. And then pours it into a suitable mold. Lets it harden. And has a easy to use swarm attractant. Rubbing it in, on and around a swarm box, increased […]

The Plan

The Plan

Well, I’ve got a no bees and lots of empty equipment. It’s a first since I established a test yard in 1984. That yard has an interesting history. I should have saved all those yard notes throughout the years. But when I went natural, most […]

Spring has Sprung…Yeow!

Spring has Sprung…Yeow!

Through a few mud holes, around a snow drift or two, and there’s my beeyard. It’s intact. No wind or varmint damage. My son Isaac has been around bees all his life. Having seen the good and bad of them, he dropped all interest after […]

Anticipation!

Anticipation!

It happens every year. And now it’s that time again. A month ago, I got a tinge of intellectual pessimism. And it was especially strong this year. My hives were in terrible shape when I last saw them October 25. In fact, I’d nseen them […]