It’s the first time we have seen real rain in about three weeks. During that time we have had 90+ degree weather, and everything has become dry and crunchy. The rain won’t last too long, but there is more on the way, possibly tonight and possibly tomorrow. We need it.
Feeding bees is a complex issue. For the new beekeeper especially, it’s a dizzying array of options and decisions. So, let’s start with a simple principle: The less you feed your bees artificial food (sugarwater), the better off your bees are. Feeding less, of course, means leaving more honey on the hive. That’s hard toContinue reading “Honey vs. sugarwater”
Is your honey ready for primetime? July’s meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association will try to get you there. The July meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association will be on Monday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Blount County Library. Dale Hinkle will discuss what it takes to get your honey readyContinue reading “Getting your honey ready for public presentation is July meeting topic”
The class is designed for someone who is interested in learning to keep bees in top bar hives. They run the gamut from new-bee to old-bee. Students have included raw novices (to all beekeeping), people with previous top bar experience seeking more information, and both former and current Langstroth beekeepers looking for specific how-to’s of top bar hives, along with a different outlook on beekeeping.
For 2013 BCBA will be awarding 5 cash wards of $200, and 3 complete beginner hive kits through TBA. Applications for both grants will be available at the January meeting.
Ray McDonald, former Tennessee State Apiarist, will be our guest speaker for May. He will be speaking on the different breeds of bees and some of their characteristics, and he will also talk about newest findings in CCD.
State Apiarist, Mike Studer, says it is no surprise that partially Africanized bees have made their way to Tennessee considering they have already been found in other states such as Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida. “I’m actually surprised it’s just now happening. We have been expecting this for some time,” Studer said. “Citizens need to be vigilant, but there’s no need to overreact. This is a situation that can be effectively managed through good beekeeping practices.”
It is very apparent from questions asked and statements made that many beekeepers just do not understand the bee’s need of STORAGE SPACE.
Henbit is a weed, an invasive weed, and a lot of people who like grass don’t like it and try to get rid of it. It’s considered a “winter annual” but will last well into the spring.
Are the bees trying to tell us — really tell us — what’s going on inside the hive? Scottish beekeepers and researchers are trying to listen to the bees and figure out what they are saying.