In our second virtual hive inspection this year at the Morningside Community Garden, we saw the queen!!!
This is the tale that began in 2006 in my first year of beekeeping in Atlanta, GA. ...there's still so much to learn.
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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
Hive Inspection March 29 and 30, 2021
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.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Time to Bait Hives with SWARM LURE
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!