The Bees Need Our Help Planting a Pollinator Garden can be rewarding for everyone. Deciding what to plant can be difficult. Use this guide to find something that you can grow and help #savethebees. Trees to Bring In Bees Bees and Trees need each other. Plant some trees if you can. Alders Basswood Black locust Fruit trees, especially apple, plum, and cherry Hazels Maples Redbud … Continue reading Top 100 Plants You Can Grow To Help Increase Bee Population
Which foods do we stand to lose if the bees all die off? Continue reading 100+ Crops That Will Die If We Don’t Save the Honey Bees #SaveTheBees #BringBackTheBees #PollinatorWeek
If you are being chased by bees there are certain things you should know. It could mean life or death. Continue reading What Should You Do If A Bee Is Chasing You?
Watch as this bee gets attacked from out of nowhere! Continue reading Just filming a bee
Beekeeping is a rewarding hobby but it can also be big business.
Five Ways to Make Money
from your Bee Hives
That little dot on one bee is a Queen Mark. It helps the beekeeper to always know where the Queen is located. Continue reading Why Does That Bee Have A Dot Of Paint on Her Back?
Indoor beekeeping and observation hives are becoming incredibly popular in urban areas. Continue reading Observation Hives are a Hot New Trend in Urban Hobby Beekeeping
Bee smokers are very beautiful and shiny when they are new. After a few uses, they begin to show signs of use. over time, the residue and creosote build up inside the smoker can cause it to operate poorly.
A working bee smoker is a necessity when handling your hives. The smell of a mammal approaching puts the bees on high alert. The scent of smoke masks the human odor slightly The plumes of smoke from a smoker make the bees think that they need to gorge on honey just in case the hive is on fire. You are basically tricking them into going deeper into the hive which is safer for you and them.
Have you ever thought about proper smoker maintenance? Most beekeepers just scrape the residue out and keep going. There is more to maintaining your smoker than just a quick clean up. Continue reading “Clean your Bee Smoker To Make it Last Longer”
How to Avoid Bee Stings while raising Honey Bees
The first question anyone asks when they find out that you are getting into beekeeping is most often regarding stings.
They ask things like:
“How often do you get stung?”,”Do they sting you?”, and “Aren’t you afraid of being stung“.
The simple and honest answer to the root question is – sometimes.
Honey Bees will avoid stinging you unless it is necessary because they die if the stinger is pulled from their body.
Because it is #pollinatorweek, we are listing our favorite plants for pollinators. Today’s focus is on herbal varieties. Pictured at left Mr. Stacky Herb Planter Even if you are limited on space, you can plant a small herb garden to attract bees and other pollinators. These 10 herbs are perfect for a beginning herb gardener. Bonus: You will have herbs on hand to use for … Continue reading 10 Herbs for your Pollinator Garden
Plant these 15 shrubs to increase bee traffic in your area. #pollinatorweek Continue reading 15 Best Shrubs to Attract Pollinators
We the people need Bees, Birds and Butterflies to flutter nearby so that we can continue thriving as a species.
Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend. In the United States, pollination by honeybees and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually. – Read more on Pollinator.org
Bees, Butterflies, Birds and other pollinators need more vegetation.
Planting an edible garden is a real win/win situation. The garden allows you access to fresh, organic, nutritious foods and also provides nourishment to some of the insects that pollinate the crops for you.
Unsure about which plants to grow to attract more pollinators? Are you a beekeeper looking to provide more pollen and nectar for your bees while also caring for your family?
Rather than give you a complicated algorithm, I am just going to list the most common and easiest to cultivate.
Be sure to let a few of your vegetable plants flower and some go to seed after harvest. This ensures that the bees are fed late in the season and that seeds are available for the next season