In our second virtual hive inspection this year at the Morningside Community Garden, we saw the queen!!!
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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. Along the way, I've passed a number of certification levels and am now a Master Beekeeper Enjoy with me as I learn and grow as a beekeeper.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Thursday, March 18, 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.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Yesterday I baited every empty hive I have in hopes that this year bees will find me, as they do most years. Here's the recipe for almost-never-fail swarm lure:
1 square inch cube of beeswas
1/4 cup olive oil
15 - 20 drops of lemongrass oil.
Put the oil in a glass container and drop in the beeswax cube:
Let it cool a bit before adding the lemongrass oil so it doesn't immediately evaporate. I have my container sitting on a piece of marble which cools it off quickly. After 3 - 4 minutes, then I add the lemongrass oil.
Now smear it on the hive at the upper edge of the entrance, around the inner cover, and on the tops of a few frames.
And wait for scout bees to find your hive and entice their sisters to move in!