Episodes

Sept. 29, 2022

Liquifying Crystalized Honey (093)

Jim has pails of crystalized honey, but only wants enough liquid honey for his oatmeal this morning. How does he get that to work…

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Sept. 22, 2022

Bee Suits and Protective Clothing (092)

One of the first pieces of equipment a new beekeeper buys is a bee suit. If they don’t buy a bee suit, they will at least buy a v…

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Sept. 15, 2022

Extracting Honey (091)

Moving boxes full of honey is usually a lot of work. The bees aren’t happy, the boxes are heavy, it’s hot and you have all your g…

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Sept. 8, 2022

Removing Honey (090)

Harvesting your honey crop isn’t about keeping bees, in fact, it is hard work. It’s when you start questioning your spring decisi…

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Sept. 1, 2022

Rim, Feeding Rim or Spacer (089)

So, what’s that thing you put between two supers to give additional space between top bars below and bottom bars above so there’s…

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Aug. 25, 2022

Dealing With Wax Moths (088)

Post-harvest time is a good time to look for wax moth in your colonies. Believe it or not, wax moths are around pretty much all o…

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Aug. 18, 2022

End of Season Evaluations (087)

Towards the end of the season, it’s a good idea to take a look at the equipment and other management tricks you’ve been using all…

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Aug. 11, 2022

Hive Stand Options (086)

Have you ever thought much about the hive stands you use? On today’s episode, Jim and Kim take a long look at the hive stands the…

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Aug. 4, 2022

How Much Honey Do You Leave On A Colony? (085)

How much honey do you leave for the bees this winter? Like lots of things in beekeeping, it depends. Since “all beekeeping is loc…

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July 28, 2022

Dealing With Heat in the Beeyard (084)

It’s hot out there and it looks like it isn’t going to cool off for most of us for awhile. Also, since mite treatments should be …

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July 21, 2022

Laying Workers (083)

If you have a colony of honey bees, chances are, at some point, some year, that colony will become queenless. If you do not reali…

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July 14, 2022

After The Swarm (082)

Swarm season is fun and exhilarating. Much has been written about swarms. They’ve been studied, photographed, pursued and just… w…

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July 7, 2022

The Importance of Mentors (081)

On today’s episode, Kim and Jim talks about what it takes to be a mentor to another beekeeper, and therefore what you can look fo…

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June 30, 2022

Queen Excluders - Love Them or Hate Them (080)

On today’s episode, Jim and Jeff Ott (from Beekeeping Today Podcast), discuss the value and use of the ‘love it or hate it” piece…

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June 23, 2022

Water For Your Bees (079)

After you get through the winter, spring buildup, swarming season and the ever present varroa, you can sit back and smell the flo…

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June 16, 2022

Dealing with Marginal Queens (078)

Pretty much every beekeeper, at one time or another, ends up with a queen that’s not doing what they think she should be doing or…

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June 9, 2022

Small Furry Pests (077)

It doesn’t take long after getting into beekeeping and then repeatedly, as long as you have beekeeping equipment laying around or…

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June 2, 2022

Exploring Honey Prices (076)

During a recent trip to a big-name US drug store, Kim saw honey on the shelf for $4.99 per pound. It was a blend of honeys from A…

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May 26, 2022

Dealing With Feisty Bees (075)

Jim’s beeyard is the center of attention this week, because his bees were bothering his wife and a very patient, longtime neighbo…

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May 19, 2022

How To Plan Raised Pollinator Beds (074)

If a pollinator garden is in your future this summer, constructing a raised bed is one way to keep it under control and is a much…

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May 12, 2022

Final Thoughts on Package Bee Season (073)

So you have already put in your two packages (you did get two, right?) and a few days, or maybe a week later you checked them and…

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May 5, 2022

Installing Package Bees in Inclement Weather (072)

Package season is about over for 2022. Perhaps thankfully too, depending on where in the country you live. Installing packages do…

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April 28, 2022

Planning A Successful Bee Association Meeting (071)

Have you ever been involved in planning and carrying out a beekeeping meeting? If not, there are a host of things to consider tha…

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April 21, 2022

Finding Bee Yards (070)

What are the important considerations for finding a new bee yard? There are a whole lot of right answers to this question and Kim…

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