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200th Post and A Sunshine Award!

I received a new award from Emma at Miss Apis Mellifera.  I would like to formally thank Emma for nominating my little ol’ blog for this award.  If you have time stop over and visit Emma at her blog Miss Apis Mellifera.  She is located in London and loves her bees and has a wicked sense […]

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Colony Cycle of the Hive

Beekeeping follows seasonal cycles.   Last time Liz and I opened the hive, Liz gave me a quick tutorial on the seasons of the hive. Here in Cincinnati the yearly colony cycle can be broken into four seasons: Spring-build-up Late Spring & Early Summer– honey flow Late Summer-Dearth Fall– honey flow The flowering of plants […]

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My First Bee Swarm!

On Friday morning when I was writing my post “Why I have Bees” I thought I should add a photo of the Blackberry flowers because the bees help in their pollination.  So, I grabbed the camera, put on my down coat and headed out to the orchard.  It was a beautiful sunny morning, but chilly […]

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My first jar of honey!

Liz stopped by to do a check up on the hives.  It had been one week since she installed her three hives and she wanted to make sure all was well. She has been receiving call after call over the last week about bee swarms.  She routinely goes out and captures swarms and then places […]

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Black Locust Tree

I am not in any way shape or form a morning person.  You can ask the people I live with, I don’t like to get up and I can be a bit grumpy in the morning, or so they say!  Anyway since I ended up with all those darn roosters, I have to keep Foghorn […]

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Bee Boxes Set up…waiting for bees.

Yes its true, I thought of myself as NOT a very good beekeeper.  I was finally willing to admit I had failed miserable and it was time to admit defeat.  (which if you know me , you know is very hard for me to do!) Lucky for me, I have a dear friend Dee who […]

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Bee hive in working order.

Bee hive was checked yesterday and the queen is laying.  However, they had no food, so they were fed some sugar-water. We are on our way to honey!! The Queen is the longer lady in the center of this picture, she has no black rings.  She is surrounded by her ladies in waiting (worker bees). […]

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Bees are coming…..

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