“A Swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly” – weird old proverb
May just flew by! All sorts of fantastic things have been happening and I’ve had barely any time to write!
So what’s got me all abuzz? Swarm season. Continue reading
Three new hives set up today at the Tablespread Community Garden. #bees
If there’s one essential rule to modern beehive design, it’s that a beekeeper must respect the bee space. I’m not talking about ambiance here. Bee space refers to the area between frames and other parts of the hive in which the bees crawl.
It’s super important because any space that’s too small for a bee will be filled in with propolis and any space that’s unnecessarily large will be filled in with comb. The specific measurement of bee space is approximately 7-9mm.
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This weekend I was delighted to attend some events of the Philadelphia Science Festival, notably, the Discovery Day in Hunting Park, where I was running a booth for the Philadelphia Beekeeper’s Guild. This is pretty much my ideal afternoon; sitting in the sun, showing off bees, telling all sorts of people all about bees. Continue reading
If you are already planning to pick up your first package of bees this Spring, you will probably want to know how to put them into your hive. I’ll give you a brief run down of what’s supposed to happen, but you don’t want to emulate my installation process. Continue reading
The new hive looks like an Easter egg. It’s unbearably cute!
Freshly painted woodenware. #bees
- Do you get stung a lot?
Yes and no, I get stung every few times I visit my hives, which is certainly more than someone who stays clear of bees altogether, but considerably less than you would expect for someone who routinely dives elbows deep into a box of live bees.
- What kind of bees do you keep?