Blog Posts - Honey Bees



5 Things For April

Looking back at my spring hit list, I realized that to achieve your goals sometimes the only way to do so is through structured, bite sized pieces. If you’re like me and absolutely cringe at the thought of structure or schedule being imposed on you...
by Cashmere & Camo on Apr 1, 2016

Awesome Predictive Tool – Phenology

I recently learned about a powerful tool for improving our gardening and beekeeping abilities.  It’s called Phenology, and it’s a method of predicting 1) when to plant crop seeds, 2) when the bees will bring in nectar, 3) what kind of&#...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Mar 16, 2016

Making Bee Candy

Note: Several readers have requested posts on topics that have already appeared here – this is one of those posts that has been updated and republished. To help the honey bees survive winter, we add bee candy to their hives in the fal...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Oct 21, 2015

Bramblestone’s 2015 Blue Ribbon Honey

Well, the talented Bramblestone Farm honey bees have done it again – they won a blue ribbon for their honey at the Medina County fair. And since Medina County has such a strong beekeeping club (A.I. Root is located there) of at least 250 member...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Aug 10, 2015

Grants for Raising Honey Bees

Are you considering raising honey bees? Great! There are several financial help for raising honey bees available in the United States that you should try to apply to. As you know, honey bees are wonderful creatures, they produce nutritious honey whil...
by Start Grants on Jul 31, 2015

Reasons To Buy Raw, Local Honey

When we think of vegetables, we know that raw, unprocessed vegetables have higher nutritional value than their cooked counterparts, and honey is no different. Raw honey is honey that hasn’t been heated or pasteurized, and it contains natural vitami...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Jul 29, 2015

Blooms for Bees

One of every three bites we eat is made possible by bees. Without their pollination of plants, there would be a lot of foods we’ve grown dependent upon that wouldn’t be available. So, it’s important to support our honey bees by prov...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Jul 27, 2015

Swarm Season – Hiving Honey Bee Swarms

This is the time of year in our area that the honey bees start swarming. They’ve been active since spring and there has been lots of good bloom going on, so the hives have grown and some are becoming crowded. As soon as a queen notices her hive...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Jun 22, 2015

7 Important Questions To Ask Before Getting Bees

Thinking of adding honey bees to your backyard?  Here are the questions to ask before committing to beekeeping (we didn’t necessarily think of all these before adding ours): Have you considered the flight path? Bees act like airplanes in fligh...
by Better Hens and Gardens on May 11, 2015

The Controversial Teenage Dance Performance in Russia

I seldom repost parenting topics from overseas because most often than not, we Filipino moms, or at least the ones that are based here, have circumstances different  from the ones abroad. This one, however, caught my attention. It is 5:05am here and...
by Entrepremom on Apr 18, 2015

Grants for Starting an Apiary

Grants for Starting an Apiary – An apiary is a place where beekeepers keep bees and beehives for the production of honey. Basically it’s a bee farm, whether small or large, and the beekeeper is an apiarist. Domestic honeybees are of agric...
by Start Grants on Mar 16, 2015

Honey Bee On Dandelion

Honey Bee On Dandelion...
by Amateur Nature Photography on Mar 1, 2015

1st Honey Harvest 2014

We harvested the first Bramblestone Farm honey for 2014 last weekend, and it looks like it’s going to be another good year.  We pulled 36 frames from the hives for extraction already, and there’s a lot more where that came from.
by Better Hens and Gardens on Jul 2, 2014

honey bees aren’t the only ones stung by neonicotinoids

It’s estimated that a full quarter of the food Americans consumes relies on pollination. Honey bees add more than 15 billion dollars in value to US agricultural crops, according to the White House and the EPA. Yet, here in the US, we continue t...
by The Alternative Consumer on Jun 23, 2014

The Revery

I know some people hate bees...and clover, but I love both! We hadn't seen very many bees yet this year, though we have been very accommodating in not mowing all the clover that blankets our yard until it's knee high to a possum or we can't see the d...
by Low Tide High Style on Jun 3, 2014

8 Honey Bee Hive Inspection Tips

This is the time of year when new bee keepers and seasoned experts alike are starting to regularly inspect their hives, so here are eight great tips for successful hive inspections: 1)      Watch the Front Door ...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Apr 30, 2014

Tackling Giant Honey Bees Swarms In Nepal Bare Foot

As if hunting giant swarms of honey bees on the side of a cliff determined to defend their hives wasn’t enough these guys do it bare footed! Andrew Newey, an award-winning UK-based travel photographer, has captured gripping photographs of centr...
by Daily News Dig on Mar 6, 2014

Substituting Honey for Sugar in Baking

Honey bees are now an established fact at Bramblestone Farm, and since honey is readily available and granulated sugar is not, the question is – what are the best practices for substituting honey for sugar in baking? It turns out that y...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Mar 5, 2014

A delicate monster

Thoughts on saving a honey bee After the rains, Brisbane is a drowning pool for baby rodents and all the teeming airborne insects normally fuelled by the sun. It’s an incidental, non-malicious cleansing which some say takes teeny animal souls ̷...
by Scholars & Rogues on Mar 1, 2014

Oven Rendering Honey Beeswax

Smart beekeepers save the beeswax that accumulates as the cappings are cut off the comb to extract honey – it can be rendered into wax for making lip balms, soaps, candles, and many other useful products. Rendering the beeswax is a fairly sim...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Feb 23, 2014


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