Category Archives: Beekeeping FAQ

Getting Ready for Swarm Season: Swarm Boxes

There are lots of plans for swarm capturing gadgets-boxes or buckets on poles, sacks, and bee vacs. They all have their advantages, but the simplest device that will cover 95% of all swarms is a cardboard box. Cut a window in the side … Continue reading

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Getting Ready For Swarm Season: Bait Hives

Set up bait hives well before the swarm season begins. Have one bait hive where you can see it every day. It serves two purposes. First, physician if your bees or any other colonies, whether wild or belonging to your neighbor, are … Continue reading

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Sweat Equity

When you increase your net worth by your own labor, installing your own kitchen cabinets, for example, you have increased your net worth. The best part of sweat equity is that it is tax free. What percentage of your income … Continue reading

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Tator Tot Experiences a Sudden and Unexpected Descent

Tator Tot, my 11 year old apprentice, called. She found a couple suspicious “facts” in her textbook concerning bees. Rather than trust the book, she called the Bee Guy. “Is it true bees feed royal jelly to larvae for the … Continue reading

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Removing Honey Bee Colonies from Buildings

by Pete One way to acquire bees is by removing them from a building. You should have experience handling bees before tackling this sort of job. You should charge for the removal to cover your time, health with the bees being … Continue reading

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Garreson Publishing Newsletter, November 2010

This month’s newsletter contains some questions we’ve received from beginning beekeepers about fall hive care, and the exciting addition of a new set of woodworking plans.

Questions frequently pop up on my computer screen from across the English speaking world. People rarely have just one question and here are some that arrived recently. The first set concerns hive design. The second set concerns fall management. If you have different opinions, please feel free to comment.
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My Experience with Natural Beekeeping

Ten years ago, Dan, a local beekeeper in his eighties, told me he never had used Apistan or any other miticide in his 40+ colonies. Instead he gave them each a grease patty with a little wintergreen oil mixed in. … Continue reading

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Three frequent questions about Beehive Frames

by Peter Sieling Why are hive boxes wider than the sum of the frames? Ten 1 3/8″ frames side by side fill a space 13 3/4″, cialis but the interior width of the super is 14 3/4″. That leaves a … Continue reading

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