The joys of buckwheat, part 4: What Langstroth had to say


Lorenzo Langstroth, father of modern beekeeping, recognized the value of buckwheat to his honeybees. Buckwheat furnishes an excellent Fall feed for bees. As those of you who follow this blog regularly will know, I am a huge advocate of growing buckwheat to supplement the natural diet for honeybees. (See the previous posts: here, here, andContinue reading “The joys of buckwheat, part 4: What Langstroth had to say”

The joys of buckwheat, part 3: The crowd


If you want to dig into a beekeeping subject with some depth and with people from around the globe, try BeeSource.com. It’s an online bulletin board where thousands of people go to contribute, discuss, learn and even argue (though always civilly). After writing about buckwheat on this site (HERE and HERE), I posted something aboutContinue reading “The joys of buckwheat, part 3: The crowd”

Year-around (almost) blooms for the bees


Providing our bees with abundant, natural nutrition is by far the most important task of the beekeeper — far more important than hive inspections, equipment, medications, or any of the other things we spend a lot of time with. What if we could provide that natural nutrition all year long — or 10 months outContinue reading “Year-around (almost) blooms for the bees”

The joys of buckwheat, part 2: the video


Late summer is a tough time for bees. A lot of their honey is gone (because we’ve taken it), and there isn’t much to feed on. One of the solutions to this dilemma is buckwheat, a subject that we wrote about just a couple of weeks ago. A good amount of buckwheat is now in bloomContinue reading “The joys of buckwheat, part 2: the video”

BCBA members report on their honey harvests


We asked our members to report to us on what kind of a honey harvest they had this year. Here are some of the responses: Charlie Parton My honey crop was average based on the number hives which survived the winter. A bright spot is that the bees I moved to north Georgia are makingContinue reading “BCBA members report on their honey harvests”

The joys of buckwheat


During these late summer months in East Tennessee, we typically think there is not much available for the bees as far as sources of nectar and pollen. That doesn’t have to be the case. If you have any kind of a garden (or just an open area), buckwheat can provide great benefits for your beesContinue reading “The joys of buckwheat”