Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A free beekeeping lesson

Yesterday Allen the Beekeeper invited my friend Donna and I to his place to help do a hive check and learn about bees.

We also installed a new hive at my place, which is quite exciting.

Those are in the backyard now - I'm looking forward to higher yields on my squash and other bee-pollinated vegetables.

While I was with Allen he let me do some recording, so here's a free beekeeping lesson from one of the most knowledgeable folks I know:

He covers how to check if a queen is laying, what to do with hive beetles, shows how he joined a feral colony into a brood box and more. Really cool stuff and fascinating if you love bees and want to keep some honey bees in your backyard.

Thanks, Allen.

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At June 11, 2015 at 8:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been considering bees. How would I mow or perform yard work without being attacked or disrupting homes? Nick

At June 11, 2015 at 9:24 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

They're very peaceful except when there is power equipment near their hives. They don't seem to like the exhaust/vibrations. Otherwise you can walk right up to the box and put your hand on it and they'll usually totally leave you alone. I would put your box in a place where you don't need to mow. Full sun, on top of some concrete pavers or something.


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