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I've been keeping this blog for all of my beekeeping years and I am beginning my 19th year of beekeeping in April 2024. Now there are more than 1300 posts on this blog. Please use the search bar below to search the blog for other posts on a subject in which you are interested. You can also click on the "label" at the end of a post and all posts with that label will show up. At the very bottom of this page is a list of all the labels I've used.

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I began this blog to chronicle my beekeeping experiences. I have read lots of beekeeping books, but nothing takes the place of either hands-on experience with an experienced beekeeper or good pictures of the process. I want people to have a clearer picture of what to expect in their beekeeping so I post pictures and write about my beekeeping saga here.Master Beekeeper Enjoy with me as I learn and grow as a beekeeper.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

First 2021 Virtual Hive Inspection Done March 5 - 14, 2021

 I presented my first virtual hive inspection of the year to the MABA bee registrants last night. While you don't get the benefit of the Q&A or the discussions, here it is, if you would like to watch it.


  1. I have not even watched this yet, but I am SO HAPPY that you have posted it. Just gonna chillax and watch this wonderful bee-person check the bees.

  2. How do you harvest honey from the top bar hive? I think a top bar might be easier for me because of no heavy lifting of the boxes.

  3. Top bar hives are harvested by cutting the comb off of the top bar and then using the crush and strain method of harvesting. https://youtu.be/we28Oet6KT0 Top bars are helpful with lifting issues and lots of people like them because of not having to lift the heavy boxes


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