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This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sign of Spring

After the big dump of snow and the bone chilling cold of a short time ago. Beekeepers are looking forward to be able to dig in their hives. While beekeepers need to be patient for the short term. Spring is coming.
 I was out shoveling today. The bright sunny day after all that snow. It was quite beautiful with all the snow still hanging on the tree branches and the fresh new undisturbed snow. The glare of the sun off the snow, being hard on the eyes. But the sunny winter day brought out the chickadees mating call. Fee-Bee Fee-Bee.
 Finally a sign of spring. Also right now Great Horned Owls will be nesting now. Sometimes early in the morning before it gets light, I can hear the Owls hooting.
 Take some time in these next few warm sunny days, stop and smell the roses. Listen for the chickadees. If you live in a rural wooded area, walk outside before it gets light and listen for the owls.



Monday, January 22, 2018

The heavy snow


If you experienced a big snow dump at your place like I did. About 9 inches at 6 pm with more coming.
 If the hives get buried with snow, it is usually not a problem. The snow will add some insulation to the hives. It doesn't look like big cold after this storm as would be normal after a January snow storm. Warm weather will be following the snow. With the black covers and warm sunny days expected, the snow will melt quickly from around the hives.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Two More Bee Classes

This class is a year in beekeeping.
Taught by Mike Mackiewicz. Mike is an experienced beekeeper. He has kept bees for many years. His class covers a wide variety of subjects that every beekeeper can use.
More info: A year in the life of bees. 
 A year in the life of bees click this link for more info.
Class schedule for the entire 2018 season:                                              
  • February 25:  Introduction to Organic Bee-Keeping
  • March 25:  Building Hives Boxes and  Frames/Equipment Overview
  • April 22:  Setting up Hives and Installing  Bees/ Splitting Second-Year Hives
  • May 20:  Hive Day/Planning Flower Power for Pollinators
  • June 24:  Hive Day/ Assessing Honey in the Hives
  • July 22:  Hive Day/Mite Controls
  • Aug 26:  Extracting Honey
  • Sept.23:  Making Mead, Autumn mite assessment
  • Oct. 28:  Beeswax, Winterizing the Hives, WEI Swarm Party Celebrating Honey
The next class is:
Beekeeping Basics
Tamarack Nature Center
Sunday, January 28, 2018; 1:00-4:00 p.m.
$25 per person
For adults and older teens (16 and older)
Pre-registration is required: www.tamaracknaturecenter.org
This is a beekeeping class for the curious! Come find out why there’s so much buzz about bees everywhere and determine if beekeeping might be in your future. This is not a comprehensive class for new beekeepers, but it will definitely get you headed in the right direction. We’ll discuss basic bee biology and ecology, beekeeping tools and equipment, the costs associated with beekeeping, and bee resources available in the Twin Cities. Plus, honey tasting will be part of our sweet afternoon snack!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Honeybee Netflix documentary

Netflix has a good documentary series called Rotton.
The first episode is about honeybees. They talk about struggles of a beekeeper, adulterated honey and how it happened and the theft of several thousand beehives over four years.

More Bee Classes


The Art of Beekeeping (In Northern Climates)

January 27, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm $40.00
North Branch Area High School, 38175 Grand Avenue
North Branch, MN 55056 United States
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https://northbranch.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/costoption/class_id/375/public/1/sp/

Is Beekeeping for You?

February 7, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harding High School, 1540 E. Sixth Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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