The joys of crimson clover, part 2: the video


Crimson clover provides an abundant source of nectar during the early spring just as the hive is set to do some serious foraging. If you want this to happen, however, you need to do some planting in September (as we said in an earlier post). The blooms of crimson clover are red and showy andContinue reading “The joys of crimson clover, part 2: the video”

The joys of crimson clover, part 1: planting in September


We put in our first planting of crimson clover this weekend. We do this, of course, for the bees. If all goes well, here’s what will happen: The clover seed will germinate and sprout fairly quickly (especially if we get rain). The clover will grow at a reasonable speed this fall so that where weContinue reading “The joys of crimson clover, part 1: planting in September”

Marla Spivak on why we are in a honeybee crisis


Marla Spivak of the University of Minnesota is one of the nation’s leading researchers on bee health and beekeeping. She is articulate and eloquent spokesperson for honeybees, the reasons they are in danger, and sensible sustainable beekeeping. In this 16-minute video, she outlines some of the reasons that we should all be paying attention toContinue reading “Marla Spivak on why we are in a honeybee crisis”