Category Archives: Peter Sieling

Pete Sieling is a life-long beekeeping and woodworker, hailing from Upstate NY. He is a regular contributor to Bee Culture, and has written several books, from beehive plans to “Life on a Farm,” “Folk Music,” and “Folk Medicine.”

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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Geneva Bee Conference

Remember the Geneva Bee Conference held in March? It’s one of the least expensive and best ways to meet other beekeepers in the region. My daughter, treat Ariele, and I met some of you there. I just visited their website, … Continue reading

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Writing Books

Many years ago I wrote a short story called “Dead Baby Birds.” It was the first story I sent to Bee Culture that elicited a response from the editor, “This is a first.” (No animals were harmed in the writing of the story.) … 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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Available Now: “Never Pick Up A Stray Goose”

Garreson Publishing is proud to announce the release of our newest book, “Never Pick Up A Stray Goose.” A collection of humorous short stories by Peter Sieling, this book is sure to entertain and delight people of all ages. Focused … Continue reading

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The Bee Guy: Beekeepers Secret Lives

I recently received a newspaper clipping from an old friend living in southern California, medical titled The Secret Lives of Beekeepers. The author must have attended a bee club meeting, unhealthy not unlike ours here in Steuben County. She interviewed … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Hive Making Manual

The Hive-Making Manual is a shop manual that covers the history, theory, and how-to of simple hand tool construction or complex commercial-quality hives. Explore simple or complex methods for hive building, perfect for a woodworker at any skill level. Learn … Continue reading

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Removing a Honeybee Colony from an Old House

by Pete Sieling The bees lived in the house of an 87 year old woman. The daughter lived next door. A grandson had a bachelor pad in the old mud room*. There were some problems with grandma, ampoule hard of hearing, prescription … Continue reading

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