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Minding My Own Beeswax

Making honey is no small feat for a bee.  Foraging bees must first visit many flowers to collect nectar.  Then, it is brought to the hive where a worker bee takes the nectar and places it in one of the openings in the specially … Continue reading

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Bee Update

I haven’t posted much on the bees this summer, but I’m glad to report that all is well. I started the spring with one very strong hive.  This was one of the original hives I started with three years ago.  … Continue reading

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I Need An Intervention

Since we last talked, I have acquired 2 more swarms.  Someone gave my name to Animal Control Services in a nearby town and they called one afternoon with a swarm of bees in a stack of pallets.   Dad and … Continue reading

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Making of a Queen

So how do bees make a queen? In my last post, I talked about splitting my big hive to make a smaller hive.  When I did the split, I left the queen in the big hive and now need the bees … Continue reading

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Bee Stuff

The warm(ish) winter and spring have really jump started the bee hives. I went into winter with 2 hives.  Both hives had ample honey stores and were strong going into winter but one didn’t survive.  I’m not sure why.  Many experienced … Continue reading

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My First Swarm

For my area, bees begin to swarm around the first of April. Swarming is a natural phenomenon in which approximately 60% of the bees, plus the queen, leave the hive to form a new colony.  This happens mostly in part … Continue reading

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Dear Journal

Dear Journal, It’s been a while since I’ve written.  I’m not sure why I’ve not written because things have happened.  I have been busy.  My life is busy.   I haven’t had a chance to put anything in words.  Allen and I are … Continue reading

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Sweet Rewards

Last Sunday, my dad and I inspected the hives to check the honey production.  It was a hot, sunny afternoon and the bees were happy and paying no attention to us. The super we’ve been watching has filled up slowly over … Continue reading

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And Before You Know It,

the month of May is gone and my plants have come to life. The garden is waiting patiently for the rain to let up.  We’ve had over 13 inches of rain this month with more to come this weekend.  My lettuce … Continue reading

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Springtime in the Ozarks

I love that we have four distinct seasons in the Ozark Mountains. If I had to pick my favorite, though it would be spring. The pear trees and and the peach trees are full of blooms.   Golden alexander or … Continue reading

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