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Be a Beekeeper, Not a Bee Haver

This upcoming summer will be my fifth summer keeping bees. And this summer I am determined to get back to properly working the hives. Spending one summer pregnant and the other adjusting to life with a newborn meant that beekeeping was, to-say-the-least, back of my mind. Now, I am falling into a good rhythm with motherhood and have the energy to devote to tending to the apiary.

The mercury creep up to the fifties mid-day today and the sky was song bird blue, as the usually mild weather continued this winter (if you can even call this winter, a winter). As I drove by the hives today, I noticed the bees out and about enjoying the fresh air. It appears all four hives are alive.  Read more

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Keeping Up with Beekeeping

Winter is in full swing… so not much to do with my bees except leave them alone. Soon however, I will be ordering two more packages of bees in hopes of avoiding the chaos of last spring… which was the result of ordering too late in the season and a bad first time experience with Draper’s (long story short, I won’t be ordering from them again.  If you are ordering bees and want to know why, just ask and I will give you the long version).

This year, I am going to placed my order with Rossman Apiaries.  The 2009 package bees with queen run about $62.00 per package.  If I place my order now, I will get earlier delivery dates, allowing the bees to get established before the first nectar flow in the spring.  Spring will be here before I know it!