Submitted by J. Morgan We're big proponents of the candy board (those of us who use sugar) when winterizing a hive. A candy board is a wooden "rim" box about 1 or 2 inches deep designed to sit on top of a Langstroth hive body. View our video on how to make a candy board here.…Read more
Dealing with Bee Hive Deadouts
Submitted by J. Morgan I helped my dad with bees for a small period of time in the 80's... when I was a teenager, and I even had a hive of my own. I don't really count this as much experience but it was enough to make me want to pick it back up in 2009. Since…Read more
Small Hive Beetle (SHB) What to do?
Submitted by J. Morgan As a beekeeper in my forth season, I can proudly say that I haven't lost a hive yet! I'm not worrying about jinxing myself either because I know I eventually will. We all will. Sometimes, there's just nothing we can do. But for me, I don't go down without a fight. Despite…Read more
How a second-year beekeeper prepares for the spring
Submitted by J. Morgan (with contributions from J. Orem and C. Cottingham) As a second-year beekeeper, I wanted to share a little information about what I'll be doing with my bees as spring approaches. I installed two packages of bees in the spring of 2010 and, despite a rocky start (bees attempting to abscond,) I consider my…Read more