Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Art of BEEing – Experimenting with swarm traps

The problem with one bee colony is that it soon wants to be two – either by the colony swarming, or the beekeeper realizing that adding a second colony is a big gain for little extra effort. I fit into … Continue reading

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Through the camera – desert storm

A desert storm… First the clouds Then the dust A few sprinkles, then it’s over

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Through the Camera – Bumblebee Nest

A bumblebee nest discovered near the garden at Rurikia, photo courtesy of my niece

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The Art of BEEing – startup economics

When I first began thinking about keeping bees I figured the costs would be fairly minimal – a couple of wood boxes, some bees, a smoker, a bee suit, and that was about it. When I made the beehouse, mainly … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing – building bees

Today was my first “real” hive inspection since welcoming the bees a few weeks ago.  The two other times I had opened the hive more than what was required to refill the feeder I simply did spot checks and had … Continue reading

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