• 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…

  • Beekeeping,  Getting Started

    Is Beekeeping Legal in my City?

    There are many reasons to start beekeeping. You may want to harvest your own honey and beeswax, add pollinators to your garden, or you may just find bees fascinating.  And with urban beekeeping on the rise and beekeeping supplies easy to obtain, there’s no better time to become a beekeeper. But, before you start you must ask this question – is beekeeping legal in my city? If you live in the US, beekeeping is probably legal in your city. However, your city will have ordinances in place that must be followed. Scroll down to see beekeeping ordinances by state. The absolute first thing you should do before becoming a beekeeper…

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    Beekeeping,  Getting Started

    Turning Beekeeping Passion into Profit: A Guide

    Worldwide fans have long been enthralled with beekeeping, an ancient method of raising honey bees. Whether you relish the curative quality of attending to bees, the sweet nectar they produce, or their contribution to the ecosystem, there are methods to convert your ardor for beekeeping into a business endeavor. You may start beekeeping as a pastime and grow it into a successful company with the aid of this guide. 1. Discover the Beekeeping Basics You must first create a strong foundation in the fundamental abilities and information if you want to start a successful beekeeping enterprise. Consider enrolling in a thorough course, taking part in seminars, or joining a neighborhood…

  • Beekeeping,  Getting Started

    Best Beekeeping Books for Beginners

    It’s a question many experienced beekeepers are asked – What advice do you have for someone interested in beekeeping? The answers may vary, but most will say, “Do your research!” What they mean by that is that you should take time to read about your new hobby. In particular, learn as much as you can about how bees function. Learn about their life cycle and why they do the things they do. It’s all very fascinating, so even non-beekeepers would enjoy learning these things. Luckily, nowadays there are tons of free information on the internet. Tons of resources about beekeeping are at your fingertips. However, some people may enjoy having…

  • Kids

    5 Reasons Why You Should Involve Your Kids in Beekeeping

    Beekeeping has many benefits.  It’s good for your garden and environment, you get fresh, sweet, honey, and you can even profit from it.  But one of my favorite things about beekeeping is that it’s a family hobby. Beekeeping is something that the whole family can enjoy – including kids!  Here are 5 reasons why you should involve your kids in beekeeping. Benefits of Beekeeping With Kids Get Kids Out in Nature Nowadays with kids being in front of screens more often than not, beekeeping offers a good excuse to get kids out in nature.  As a parent, there’s nothing quite like being out in the natural world, sharing precious time…

  • Beeswax,  DIY

    Health and Beauty Benefits of Beeswax

    When you think of beekeeping you may think about harvesting honey, but there are other resources that can be collected from beehives too.  Beeswax is a wax made by bees which is then formed into cells. Bees use the cells to store honey and pollen, but did you know there are also beeswax uses for skin and hair?  Beeswax has long been used by people for it’s natural health and beauty benefits. This article will discuss beeswax uses for skin, beeswax benefits for lips, how to use beeswax for hair, and the benefits of eating beeswax.   What is Beeswax? Worker bees produce beeswax from special glands on their bodies.  Brand…