• Solitary Bees

    How to Raise Native Bees

    Learning how to raise native bees is a great spring or summer activity that the whole family can enjoy.  It’s so fascinating to see the bees flying to and from their bee house.   Not only does raising native bees help to increase their declining population, it is also beneficial to you.  Native bees, such as mason bees and leafcutter bees are excellent pollinators. Add a bee house to your garden to see an increase in your harvest.  Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What are Native Bees? When you think of a…

  • Beekeeping,  Getting Started

    The Best Time to Start a Beehive

    The weather is finally starting to get a little warmer as spring approaches. For beekeepers, this is the perfect time to prepare for the upcoming season. For a bee colony to flourish, you want to get started at the right time. So, what is the best time to start a beehive? Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. Why it’s Important to Start a Beehive on Time If you start too early, and the weather is too cold, the bees will be unable to forage for food. Starting a beehive in winter is…

  • Beehives,  Reviews

    10 Best Complete Bee Hives For Sale in 2021

    Are you interested in beekeeping?  Who wouldn’t be? Beekeeping is fun, educational, and it is beneficial to our ecosystem.  To be a successful beekeeper there are a few things you must have. The most important thing is the bee hive.  This article will discuss and compare the top complete bee hives for sale, so you can choose the best one for you.  What To Look For in a Complete Bee Hive Type of Beehive  The first thing you need to consider when choosing a complete bee hive for sale is the type of hive.  The 3 main types of bee hives are the Langstroth Hive, the Top Bar Hive, and…

  • Bees,  Honey

    How Much Honey do Bees Need to Survive Winter?

    Winter can be a challenging time for bees and for beekeepers. There are no flowers for bees to forage from, and beekeepers are limited to minimal hive inspections.  Luckily, bees spend all year preparing by storing honey.  For beekeepers, it is important to know how much honey bees need to survive the winter.  What do Bees do in the Winter? While some people think that bees hibernate in the winter, that is not true. Instead, bees focus on staying warm. Bees are cold blooded, so it is important for them to maintain a warm temperature within their hive.  To do so, they form what is called a winter cluster.   Winter…

  • Beekeeping Supplies

    The Best Beekeeping Gadgets

    Beekeeping has been around for a very long time, and since the Langstroth hive was invented in 1851, the basics have remained the same.  That being said, there have also been some really cool and really useful beekeeping gadgets that have come out recently.   These tools can make beekeeping more enjoyable, easier, and even more profitable.  So, let’s take a look at the best beekeeping gadgets that have come out recently.   Best Beekeeping Gadgets See below for a few of the best beekeeping gadgets available today. Thermal Camera A thermal camera can be especially helpful for beekeepers who live in cold climates.  In the winter, you don’t want to open…

  • Beehives

    How Do Beehives Work?

    Most people know that beehives are where honey bees live and make honey.  But have you ever thought, how do beehives work?  A beehive is a simple, yet innovative structure that has been around for thousands of years. While beekeeping began using pottery vessels 9,000 years ago, modern beehives were created in the 1850’s.  Since then, the basic design of a beehive has remained mostly the same.  Disclosure: As an affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What is a Beehive? The word beehive is sometimes confused with the term bee nest.  While similar, the two are…

  • Bees,  Solitary Bees

    Mason Bees for Pollination

    When you think of pollinators, you probably think of honey bees and butterflies, but there is an insect that is 120 times more effective at pollination than honey bees.  That insect is the mason bee.  Mason bees are gentle, solitary bees that are beneficial for any garden.   In this article you will learn all about the mason bee, how to care for them, and where to find mason bee cocoons for sale.   Disclosure: As an affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What is a Mason Bee? Like the leafcutter bee, mason bees are excellent pollinators.  Mason…

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    Beehives

    All You Need to Know About Langstroth Bee Hives for Sale

    If you have ever imagined a bee hive or seen one on TV, in an advert or on the side of the road as you drove through the country, you saw a Langstroth bee hive. For over 150 years, Langstroth bee hives for sale have dominated the industry despite the many different, newer, and more advanced options available. The simple truth when it comes to the popularity of the Langstroth bee hive brand is that – it works! We are going to take a closer look at Langstroth bee hives, what they are made of, why they are so popular and why you should consider using them on your next…

  • Beekeeping,  Beekeeping Supplies

    Should You Use a Screened Bottom Board in Winter?

    In beekeeping the bottom board is the floor of the beehive.  There are 2 different types of bottom boards – solid and screened.  Both types have advantages and disadvantages, and it is up the beekeeper to decide which one they like best.  This article is all about the screened bottom board.  Here, you’ll learn what a screened bottom board is, pros and cons of using one, and how to use a screened bottom board in winter.   Disclosure: As an affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What is a Screened Bottom Board? In a beehive, the bottom…

  • Bees,  Solitary Bees

    A Guide to the Leafcutter Bee

    When you think of solitary bees, the mason bee likely comes to mind first, but I find the leafcutter bee equally or even more interesting.  Leafcutter bees are quite common across the US.  They are wonderful pollinators, pollinating crops such as blueberries, onions, carrots, and alfalfa.   Disclosure: As an affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What is a Leafcutter Bee? Leafcutter bees are solitary bees that are known for cutting circular pieces of leaves to construct their nests.  They are very gentle and rarely sting, and are excellent pollinators.  They differ from honey bees in that…