• Bees,  Solitary Bees

    Where to Buy Mason Bees and How to Care for Them

    While mason bees look similar to honey bees, they behave very differently.  The biggest difference between the two is that mason bees are solitary. While honey bees live in a hive with thousands of other bees, mason bees live alone.   Because of the mason bees docile nature, many people have had interest in having a mason bee house in their garden.  Buying a mason bee house is easy, but once you get that set up you need to find out where to buy mason bees.  Mason bees are a great, low maintenance bee to raise. If you are looking for where to buy mason bees, the easiest way to buy…

  • Uncategorized

    Valentine’s Day is for Beekeepers

    Did you know that Valentine’s Day has connections to beekeeping? It’s true! Valentine’s day’s origins began in the year 496. It was then that Pope Gelasius, the bishop of Rome, proclaimed February 14 as a feast day in honor of St. Valentine. This new holiday would now take precedence over the pagan fertility festival, Lupercalia. St. Valentine was a 3rd century Roman saint who is often associated with love and romance. While it is true that he is the patron saint of engaged couples and happy marriages, St. Valentine is also patron saint of traveling, epilepsy, and beekeeping. That means that it is St. Valentine’s responsibility to ensure both the…

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    Bees

    How Long Do Bumble Bees Live – The Life Cycle of Bumble Bees

    With the weather starting to warm up, you may soon be seeing the emergence of bumble bees. Easily recognizable by their fuzzy bodies and buzzing sound, bumble bees play a critical role in pollination and the diversity of ecosystems.  Bumble bees have a fascinating life cycle, with their colonies only lasting one year. The life span of bumble bees vary based on environmental conditions and the bee’s role in the colony.  So, how long do bumble bees live?  The Life Cycle of Bumble Bees Colony Initiation The bumble bee colony begins in the spring, with the emergence of a new queen.  This queen has mated and hibernated alone through the…

  • Beehives,  Reviews

    My Review On Galena Farms Bee Hives

    The most exciting thing for a beekeeper to buy is a new beehive.  Depending where you live, you may not be able to get beehives locally. In that case, you’ll have to order your beehive online.   There are several online retailers that sell beehives, such as Amazon, or manufacturer websites. A new website that I recently tried is Galena Farms. This post will review Galena Farms, including a list of the pros and cons of ordering from Galena Farms and comparison of Galena Farms vs Amazon. What is Galena Farms? Galena Farms is located in the middle of Ohio.  They sell 8 and 10 frame beehives, hive parts, foundation, and…

  • Beekeeping,  Bees

    Caring For Bees in the Winter

    Winter is a vulnerable time for bees.  The 2 things they need to survive – warmth and food are not readily available during the cold winter months.    If there are no flowers to forage from, what do bees eat in the winter? This article will discuss what bees do in the winter, what bees eat in the winter, and how to feed bees in the winter.  What Bees Do During Winter Unlike bears or birds, bees do not hibernate or fly away during the cold months.  Instead, they gather in their hive. When the temperature drops to the 50s it’s time for the bees to return to the hive…

  • Beekeeping

    What to Do After Catching a Swarm of Bees

    For beekeepers, a swarm can mean free bees. But they must know how to catch a swarm and know what to do after catching a swarm of bees.  What is a Swarm? A swarm is basically a large group of flying insects.  In beekeeping, swarms occur when a single bee colony splits into two.  This is the colony’s natural way of reproducing.  Swarming usually happens in spring, when the hive becomes overcrowded, but it can occur all season long.   One sign that the colony is preparing to swarm is the production of queen cups. The queen will then lay eggs in the queen cups to make a new queen for…

  • Beehives,  DIY

    Safe Paint for Beehives

    While beekeeping can be considered an art in itself, some beekeepers have turned their beehives into literal works of art.  I’ve seen photos of many beautiful beehives, covered with intricate designs.  Even if you are not planning on painting pictures on your hives, most beekeepers do paint their hives at least one color. It’s for more than just looks.  Painting beehives helps to protect the wood from the elements, thus making the hive last longer.   The most important thing is that you must use safe paint for beehives. Other paint has too many chemicals that can be harmful to bees.  Also, remember to paint only the outside of your beehive,…

  • Bees

    How do Bees Make Royal Jelly?

    I always found it fascinating that queen bees are genetically identical to worker bees. However, because of their different diets, their physiology and behavior become completely different. It is all due to an amazing substance – royal jelly.  Royal jelly is produced by worker bees.  It is a food source for the queen bee and young larvae, and it is even harvested and used by humans.  But how do bees make royal jelly? What is Royal Jelly? Royal jelly is a very important substance that is made by worker bees – nurse bees, in particular.  This milky white secretion is fed to the queen bee throughout her life. As a…

  • Beekeeping

    Fall Management for Beekeepers

    When the weather starts to get colder and daylight gets shorter, you know fall is approaching.  For beekeepers, there are certain tasks that must be done in fall in order to prepare their hives for winter.  Why Fall Management is Important Fall management is important for your hives because you want to make sure that your bees can survive the winter and then build up quickly in the spring. You want your colonies to stay healthy, well fed, and disease free.   While the bees do most of the hard work to prepare for fall and winter, there are a few things that the beekeeper can do to help them out. …

  • Honey

    Garlic Infused Honey Benefits: A Natural Remedy for Your Health

    As cold season approaches, many people hope to find ways to avoid getting sick. This is usually done by strengthening your immune system. A good way to do this is by eating foods that naturally support and boost our health.  Raw honey has long been known to be a healthy superfood because of it’s antibacterial and antiviral properties. Combine that with garlic, which has anti-inflammatory and immunity benefits, and you’ve created your very own natural (and tasty) medicine.  Food as Medicine Food as medicine is a concept that recognizes the connection food has to our health and well being. It is believed that food, instead of medicine, is able to…