Nov. 25, 2021

Artificial Honeycomb (049)

Back about 100 years ago, there was so much adulterated honey for sale that people were reluctant to buy it at all. Comb honey wa…

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Nov. 18, 2021

What's That Smell - Part 2: The Good (048)

Bees, honey, smoker smoke, and lots more all have their own aroma. Beekeeping is rich in its own smells. Most are fragrant, rich …

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Nov. 11, 2021

What's That Smell? - Part 1: The Bad (047)

Bees, honey, smoker smoke, and lots more all have their own aroma. Beekeeping is rich in its own smells. Most are fragrant, rich …

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Nov. 4, 2021

Small-Scale Pollination Contracts (046)

At some point, whether by design or accident, many beekeepers consider expanding into pollination for hire with their bees. What …

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Oct. 28, 2021

Bottom Boards (045)

Every kind of hive has some kind of bottom board. Typically, Langstroth type hives have a bottom board that is removable. Many ar…

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Oct. 21, 2021

Preparing for Winter (044)

If you are comfortable outside on Christmas Day, you probably don’t have to worry about wrapping your colonies for winter protect…

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Oct. 14, 2021

Beekeeper Waxing & Waning (043)

Do you remember what it was like when you first started keeping bees? Beekeeping was easier years ago, and most of us wanted more…

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Oct. 7, 2021

Invasive Plants (042)

There are, in most places, a mix of native and invasive plants that our bees will visit because they don’t distinguish good from …

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Sept. 30, 2021

Fall Feeding (041)

If you have to feed your bees this fall, something probably went wrong this summer. Spring feeding, or feeding packages or splits…

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Sept. 23, 2021

Winter Packing (040)

Think about honey bees overwintering in a tree. There’s 4 to 6 inches of insulation, pretty good ventilation, and it’s lined with…

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Sept. 16, 2021

"Winter Is Coming" aka Planning For Winter (039)

There’s a saying – Winter Begins in August and it’s already September. It’s time to start thinking about getting ready for winter…

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Sept. 9, 2021

Combining (Joining) Weak Colonies (038)

Right now, you have to make some decisions about how to overwinter your colonies. If you live in the deep south, there probably i…

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Sept. 2, 2021

Dealing With Neighbors' Yellowjacket Problems (E37)

Beekeepers are very often asked to help friends or neighbors that have “bee” problems…. honey bees, carpenter bees, yellow jacket…

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Aug. 26, 2021

Dealing With 'Wet Combs' After Extracting (036)

When you finish extracting your honey crop, you have frames that have sticky, gooey honey in the cells, and on the frame surfaces…

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Aug. 19, 2021

Ugly (Mean) Bees (035)

What do you do about ugly or mean bees? It can be difficult to determine which colony in a beeyard with several colonies is the o…

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Aug. 12, 2021

How Are My Bees? (034)

Every spring we beekeepers buy packages and set up nucs. Come summer, we start to look at what is going right and what may be goi…

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Aug. 5, 2021

Planting for Bees (033)

Beekeepers talk a lot about not having enough food or enough good food for their bees due to all manner of development, agricultu…

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July 29, 2021

Troubling Questions (032)

Kim and Jim ask some interesting questions this week, maybe some you’ve asked yourself, or perhaps you asked a close friend. For …

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July 22, 2021

European Foul Brood (031)

Have you ever had European Foulbrood (EFB) in one or more of your hives? How do you know if it was EFB? What does it look like? W…

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July 15, 2021

Hot Summers and Bees (030)

It’s been hot in Ohio so far this summer (and a lot of other places too) but it’s also been wet.  Hot and wet can make keeping be…

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July 8, 2021

A Close Look At The 2020-2021 BIP Annual Loss Survey (029)

How many colonies had to be replaced last year? How many in winter, summer, total? How many beekeepers were surveyed? How many co…

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July 1, 2021

Dealing With Neighbors (028)

A question from a book written 107 years ago comes up for discussion. “How do you keep your bees from bothering your neighbors?” …

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June 24, 2021

Euthanizing Honey Bees (027)

It’s rare, very rare, but sometimes beekeepers have to kill all the bees in a colony. It can be a tragic, emotional and usually i…

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June 17, 2021

Beekeeping Good Neighbor Golden Rules (026)

Let’s face it. Unless you live in an isolated part of the world, if you keep bees, you will need to eventually deal with encounte…

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