We chose top bar hives for two main reasons. First, it’s supposed to be a kinder, gentler, and easier way to keep bees. The other reason we went the top bar route is because it’s much cheaper! In the wild, bees will build a hive anywhere they think is safe and secure. Usually that’s inside […]
While my husband and I are still very much novice beekeepers (ahem, to date, we have only had our hives for three days), we hungrily read books and articles, scoured the web for beekeeping blogs, watched YouTube videos endlessly, and took a local Beekeeping 101 course. Eager to learn all we could before the arrival […]
We recently saved some bees from my parent’s house–and we obviously got some stings. Here are six essential oils to care for your bee stings naturally:
After waiting for queen cells to pop up and have eggs/larvae in them, we finally got a chance to split our hive.
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Harvest is now past, the leaves are falling from the trees to blanket the Earth as we move deeper into the darker half of the year, and things are cooling down here in Maine. Now that I have 7 seasons of beekeeping behind me I know that I prefer to have all of my winter […]