Category Archives: The Bees

hive – “beegone”

We migrated to the farm last Saturday, maybe this is the summer home and the Raleigh home is the weekend home.  Trying it as an experiment.  I will say working in the garden after dinner, watching the sunset, feeling the … Continue reading

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hives

And not exactly like the ones you might imagine I would write about. Early last week I was somewhat frantically looking for two queens. Since there were no brood in the combs and no active queen cells in the two … Continue reading

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bee update

Last weekend I wanted to do a thorough hive inspection on the five hives and to make sure I really checked the three new hives well. I stopped by the three new hives as I drove in on Saturday and … Continue reading

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mulch, weeds and

An update on the bees. Last fall Dad got it into his mind that he wanted to hire a tree service to clean up the line of cedars along the driveway. He, and sometimes I, had been working on cleaning … Continue reading

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irrigation installed

And some comments on the bees… I slipped up last Thursday after work with the goal of getting the drip system functional. The forecast was for hot dry weather and the young plants needed the moisture. Recall last weekend, I had … Continue reading

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nucleus beehives #2

I got back to the farm late afternoon on Monday. My intent was to get the drip system work completed and have it set up on auto water. It was slated to get really hot towards the end of the … Continue reading

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nucleus beehives #1

Well, what started as a straight forward plan to pick up and install two nucleus beehives, turned into a complicated set of adventures I am still trying to sort. I went up to Brushy Mountain Bee Farm with my friend, … Continue reading

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the bees, spring 2012

From the few readers I have, I do seem to get the most interest in the bees.  So now with the muse working in my favor, I should address the status of the bees first. As you may recall last … Continue reading

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splitting the hives

A few weeks ago Thursday after work, I drove over to Chapel Hill to Busy Bee Apriary to pick up my two new queens. They have quite a queen rearing setup in action.  I have read about what it takes … Continue reading

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honey!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had ordered the Introductory Honey Extraction Kit from Brushy Mountain Bee Supplies. The extractor (think centrifuge) can hold two deep frames or 4 medium/shallow frames. There is a frame uncapping station, a uncapping knife and … Continue reading

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