• Beekeeping for Beginners

    A Quick Guide to Types of Honey Bees

    Use this quick guide to learn about different bee breeds. Honey bees are fascinating creatures that play a vital role in our ecosystem. From producing honey to pollinating plants, they are incredibly important. There are several types of honey bees, each with unique traits that make them well-suited to different environments and purposes. Understanding these different types can help you appreciate their roles and contributions even more. For instance, the Carniolan honey bee is known for its gentle nature and long tongue, which makes it excellent for pollinating crops like clover. On the other hand, Italian honey bees are renowned…

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    How to Start Beekeeping in Your Backyard

    Welcome to the world of backyard beekeeping, where the sweet hum of bees and the joy of harvesting your own honey await you. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a gardener, or simply someone seeking a new and rewarding hobby, beekeeping can be a fascinating and fulfilling endeavor. But before you go running off to get your hives, there’s so much to learn about these little ladies. And although the goal isn’t to know everything about beekeeping, there are at least some basics that you should be aware of. In this guide, we’ll explore the basics of starting your own hive…

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    Sweet Survival: How to Make a Candy Board for Overwintering Bees

    Bees work so hard throughout the year, preparing themselves for the long winter and to make it to the next spring. They need to collect as much pollen and nectar as they possibly can throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Without enough stored, they won’t be able to make it to the next year. Enter the candy board! It’s one of the ways that beekeepers can use to help their bees have enough supplies throughout the winter and into spring. What is a candy board? A candy board is a supplemental food source placed inside a beehive to provide sustenance…

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    Beekeeping for Beginners: How Many Bee Hives per Acre?

    Bees are the unsung heroes of agriculture, tirelessly pollinating our crops and ensuring the abundance of fruits and vegetables we enjoy. If you’re considering starting a beekeeping venture, one of the first questions you may have is, “How many bee hives should I have per acre?” Let’s dive into this sweet topic! The Golden Rule: 2 Hives per Acre A common rule of thumb in beekeeping is to have approximately 2 hives per acre of land. This guideline is a great starting point for most beekeepers and offers a balanced approach between supporting your bees and maximizing honey production.  However,…

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    How Much Does a Bee Hive Cost?

    Welcome to the fascinating world of beekeeping! Whether you’re an aspiring beekeeper or simply curious about the costs involved, understanding how much a bee hive costs is a crucial step in your journey. Beekeeping is not only rewarding for nature enthusiasts but also vital for our ecosystem. In this blog post, we’ll explore the various expenses associated with beekeeping, from the hive itself to essential equipment and maintenance. This post is all about how much a bee hive costs. How to Start Beekeeping This guide’s purpose isn’t a full how-to on how to start beekeeping. Instead, I’ve put together this…

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    Beehive Paint:  What’s the Best Paint for Bee Hives and How to Paint Them

    Choosing the right type of paint for your beehive(s) is crucial. The paint needs to withstand extreme temperatures, moisture and other environmental conditions, while also being safe for the bees. It is important to note that paints all have different properties so it’s a good idea to examine if they’re compatible with beehives. In this blog post we’ll explore the best paint options available, how to prepare your hive before painting, and detailed steps on how to paint your beehive. This post is all about beehive paint. The Different Types of Paints for Beehives Let’s start by discussing the different…