Tag Archive | beekeepers

alive but not thriving, our first hive inspection

alive but not thriving, our first hive inspection

We opened up the hive this afternoon for the first time since the winter.  We’ve been seeing a fair bit of activity coming and going from the hive for the last couple of weeks, so we weren’t too worried about the hive as a whole, but were looking forward to seeing what had happened in […]

bee’s come undone…

bee’s come undone…

… it’s like unwrapping a giant, sting-y present It is probably just a tease of spring, but the forecast for this week in Calgary looks promising! Drumroll please, it’s time to uncover the bees.  Our 1-year bee anniversary is May 12th so we are crossing our fingers that the bees have gotten this far and […]

the first cut is the deepest…

the first cut is the deepest…

Baby, I know! One of our favourite stories to tell about our first summer of beekeeping is how we managed to escape 5 months of hands in a hive without a single sting for either of us.  A perfect track record and a great experience to share with those who might be a bit more […]

on bees overseas

the honeybee prefecture, japan “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”  ~Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution I recently had the opportunity to spend some time in Kyoto, Japan, for a work-related visit and serendipitously found a few local beekeepers to chat with.  Not particularly […]

the second honey harvest…

the second honey harvest…

 this time, with some finesse… Before leaving for summer holidays, we planned to do one last bee inspection, potentially harvest some more honey and clean up the broken comb that we had caused in the first honey harvest.  There were a few new combs that had been built, filled with nectar and already capped for […]

honey! yay! panic!

honey! yay! panic!

Up until now, we’ve been pretty excited to share the happenings of our adventures in gardening and backyard beekeeping, because so far, things have gone really well!  We’ve hived our first nuc with no problems, we’ve planted and started harvesting veggies from our garden with even bigger crops than we expected, we’ve dodged hailstorms and […]

hive inspection 6.0

hive inspection 6.0

 Hot times, summer in the city Sting count:  0 Spot the queen? Negative Eggs and Larvae? Tons of capped brood cells Pollen and Nectar? Loads of pollen, some nectar Combs inspected: all A quick inspection to see how the bees were doing in the last couple of weeks now that we’ve had some hot weather.  […]

I don’t mean to drone on, but…

hive inspections 4.0 and 5.0 Sting count:  0 (the question we’re most often asked: have we been stung yet?  Nope!) Spot the queen? Negative Eggs and Larvae? Some Pollen and Nectar? Low Combs inspected: all We finally were able to do our 5th hive inspection today during some nice, warm weather after the long-lived deluge […]

bee-keeping for women… the 1910 edition

bee-keeping for women… the 1910 edition

This article was included in the early editions of the ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture, a veritable bible for bee keepers for well over the last century.  Organized like an encyclopedia with topics listed from A – Z, the Root family gathered the knowledge of bee-keeping from the first edition in 1887 through to […]