What a weekend! Yesterday I drove out to Rick's house and picked up my first ever bee package! While I was excited, he could tell I was a little nervous. He picked out a box that wasn't sticky from syrup, gently brushed off some 'outsiders' hanging around the outside of the package and assured me that I could call if I ran into any issues. When to Install? I was unsure whether I should install my package today (brrr!) or wait until Monday when it warms up some. Rick suggested
Do you remember the first car ride home with your newborn? Well, that is how I felt taking these two hives home. I picked up two packages of bees today from Eli. He even had coffee and some delicious treats waiting for us when we came. The support I have gotten from Eli and Ryan, unreal! I couldn't have done this without them, well I guess I could've have but not nearly as confident in this process. I drove away with 6 pounds of bees sitting on my lap and despite reading
Hive Painting Day! At last, a sunny warm Ohio day (combined with an open schedule on our calendar) to paint the beehives that we purchased from Eli N. Troyer Bee Supplies back in February. Up until now, the sturdy Langstroth hives have stood in formation in our sunroom. As anxious that I am to regain use of the floor space, I admit that I will miss the scent of the wax frames and wood that permeated the room on sunny days. The fact that our bees will be arriving soon, quickly
First off... Thank you to Wayne Griffith for this picture, which inspired me to write a post about mites: See those little dark specks? Let's take a closer look: Yes, that ugly little critter is a Varroa Mite - a dead one. Wayne treated his package with oxalic acid vapor before installing it. In all, 24 mites dropped with the treatment. Oxalic Acid is a great treatment for packages because it kills phoretic mites - mites on bees instead of in brood, which there is none of in
Hi there! I'm very excited to embark on this new and exciting experience and have you along for the ride! A little bit about me ... I live on the family farm my husband grew up on in Poland (just south of Youngstown) with my husband, Ricky, and handsome four-legged fur son, Louie. I work in marketing during the week and spend my weekends and evenings assisting with the farm - helping with planting, assisting in the market, and managing our marketing activities. ...and why bee
Christmas in a Box! Christmas in a box! Well at least that was my initial thought, as I opened the door to my highly anticipated Amazon package. Franklin D. Roosevelt (our pet micro pig) rallied beside of me with grunts and squeals, as I excitedly lifted each item from among the cardboard and bubble wrap layers. Just like a very young child though, it was simply the empty box that captivated Franklin's attention once all of the items were revealed. With Franklin off playing,
Hi, My name is Edie and I invite you to follow along my "Honey Bee Tales!" as I chronicle my first year as a beekeeper. I'm in hopes that this blog will be both entertaining and informative with the addition of comments and suggestions from bee supporters of varying backgrounds and experience levels. My personal fascination with bees stems from listening to "Flight of the Bumblebee" (click title to listen to a small section of music). As a young child I recall 'buzzing' along
A few of our new 2018 beekeepers have volunteered to blog about their experiences! Their entries will show up on the main blog page with a "NewBee Blogs" tag, and under Blogs -> NewBee Blogs on the Website Menu. You can comment on their blog posts, so join me in providing support and feedback to our NewBee Bloggers as they go through their first year beekeeping!
Hi, My name is Kristi and I am a newbee here with not only bee keeping but also blogging! I thought this would really help me chronicle the journey I am about to embark on. My great uncle was an avid bee keeper. I was pretty young and didn't understand really any of it other than he brought us honey, wore a funny suit... I have wanted to keep bees but never really knew the first thing about it. I went to the "Bee Workshop" and was instantly drawn in to this world of bees!