Wild Bees

Wild Bees

Most of my beekeeping focuses on honeybees. But I’ve been dabbling in natural pollinators for almost five years now. They’re a valuable part of natural beekeeping. Native bees will pollinate my apple and fruit trees when honeybees won’t touch them. And many of them fly in weather that keeps honeybees in their hives. They are shy, varied, independent and beautiful. It’s quite easy to provide […]

Wandering Off Again

Wandering Off Again

Where to Now? Lately, I’ve been wandering off the bee natural pathway. And I bet you’re thinking here he goes again! But life is more than bees, especially when you live in Wyoming’s climate where there’s more none-bee weather than bee weather in a season. It will be many weeks before any meaningful inspection is possible. And real bee work is still months away. If […]

An Introduction to Natural Beekeeping

An Introduction to Natural Beekeeping

Phil Chandler has released An Introduction to Natural Beekeeping. It’s free. And it can be read online or downloaded in various formats. Beekeepers, new to natural beekeeping, are often surprised how simple natural beekeeping is. And at six pages, Phil’s ebook is a fast read. It describes all the basic principles a natural beekeeper must know. And it’s a good read. Check it out. Phil […]

Commercial Beekeeping – End of Decades

Commercial Beekeeping – End of Decades

The Beginnings I’ve been around commercial beekeeping since  high school, when I was hired as cheap labor. Then, few treatments, if  any were used. And even feeding sugar,  except for emergencies, was hotly debated. I saw lots of swarms. Hive populations were large. So were the honey crops. Routine requeening wasn’t practiced. And winter loses were easily made up by splitting in the spring. After […]

Priorities

Priorities

Reflections A little over a week has passed since I welcomed my son home. He has his own place now. Is driving his wheels. Has been visited by the woman he loves and plans to marry. I’m sure almost everything seems normal. And that’s great. But one thing still haunts me. As I slowly walked through those troops toward my son, there were some who […]

Probiotics – Not just a theory.

Probiotics – Not just a theory.

Here’s a neat TED talk about quorum sensing. It gives some insight into the basic processes and complex relationships all those good and bad bacteria form with the creatures they support as they fight it out for our life and health. Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has […]

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