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May 23, 2018

Operation: BEES!

I had become a 'Nervous Nelly' as the end of April became the first weeks of May. I kept busy reading, making minor adjustments to the apiary layout and found myself frequenting garden centers searching for the perfect bee plants as if I was outfitting...

May 21, 2018

Yesterday afternoon I took advantage of the nice (or, more accurately - cooperative) weather and made a visit to my hive.

I set up my new hive equipment to prepare for the next package which we expect this week.

I also took the opportunity to inspect the hive. My husband...

May 18, 2018

May 2 ~~~  visit to watch Ryan (my mentor) check his hives he just installed!  Wow, he makes it look so EASY.  I was able to see how to release queen, look for eggs, and see an established hive.  After this, we went down to our two hives to check queens!  Neither queen...

May 16, 2018

May 15.....5:15am......waking up from a dream that the bees escaped in the night. I grabbed my flashlight and headed out. Well, the frogs and crickets must have been scared off because the bees were still mad. But they were also still there. I wasn't sure whether or no...

May 16, 2018

Wahhoooo! Pick up day (Mon 5, 14). So I went out in the afternoon and talked to Eli, who by the way is an awesome guy, and he suggested I come back at dark when all the bees were home chilling out. No problem. Later that night, I went to get my bees. Eli wasn't home bu...

May 14, 2018

WOW! Field day at Jeff and Sheila's house was the coolest! Thanks to everyone who helped and came out. I'll admit I was a little - ok a lot - nervous, but I sure was excited too. Listening to all the neat stories about everyone's experiences had a calming effect and he...

May 14, 2018

Hello, everyone! Next time I order hive kits, someone please remind me to get them all put together instead of getting an unassembled pile of wood! Naw, just kidding. Although it was a tedious job assembling the frames and all, it was good to do the first few kits from...

May 13, 2018

Today was hive inspection day! I've been anxiously, nervously and excitedly awaiting this day for almost two weeks!


ince I installed on that cold Sunday, I was a little afraid of inspecting last Sunday. So I originally expected I would do it throughout the week. Howeve...

May 10, 2018

The SCBA Spring Field Day will be held on Saturday, May 12th from 10am to 2pm at Jeff and Sheila's Apiary in Minerva.

Jeff will guide the group around the apiary, demonstrate the bee inspection process, and talk about what to look for in your hives. 

Please bring a cover...

May 8, 2018

'To Bee or Not to Bee'

Books, school, videos, meetings, one on one chats and then the icing on my cake ... an opportunity to visit a bee yard during hive inspections!

Excitement, fear and doubt all swirled about my brain, as the planned day arrived. My biggest conce...

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