Category Archives: Tips & Techniques

California Native Plants Visited (and probably pollinated) by Honey Bees

Alder – Alnus spp. Antelope brush – Purshia tridentata (Pursch.) DC. Arrow-weed – Pluchea sericea (Nutt.) Cov. Asters – Aster spp. Azalea – Rhododendron spp. Barberry – Berberis spp. Beardtongue – Penstemon spp. Blackbrush – Coleogyne ramosissma Torr. Black sage … Continue reading

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Honey Bee Pests and Diseases

The University of Florida IFAS Extension has some great info on honey bee pests and diseases. The videos are a must watch. Small Hive Beetles. Nosema. Trachael Mites. Varroa Mites. They are VERY informative and shows practices and methods for … Continue reading

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Winter Rain and Frost Protection

Just wanted to provide you’ll a visual of two forms of how I protect my hives from the elements during the cold and wet season. This first colony, yes, still 5 mediums tall with a full load of honey, is … Continue reading

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Preparing Your Hives For Fall and Winter

Winter preparation for your bee hives will vary depending on your location. What I’m about to write is how I prepare for my Winter months for my general location in the Silicon Valley. 1) For the cold, frosty, and wet … Continue reading

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Combining Hives

There are many methods today on how to combine two or more colonies but the one I use that’s quick and have a high success rate is by mixing a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water plus a three to … Continue reading

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Too Late to Start a Hive?

A lot of people believe it is too late to start beekeeping at this time of the year. So is it really too late to start a bee hive? Yes, it is too late if you start with a package … Continue reading

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Bees Bearding In Hot Weather

It is 90 degrees out there today and the bees are hot. The bees are all bearding outside of the hive fanning trying to cool down the hive. If your bees get much afternoon sun you might want to give … Continue reading

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