Tag Archive | bees

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 […]

the buzz, as of late…

I’m not sure if any of you out there have noticed it, but there have been tons of news articles over the last couple of weeks that discuss the state of bees on our planet.  From pesticides to  colony losses and potential food issues, bees are taking centre stage in the news and hopefully the […]

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 […]

everything moves real slow when it’s 40 below

everything moves real slow when it’s 40 below

wrapping up the hive for winter Bees work hard all summer and fall to build up their honey stores and have enough to stay warm and well fed all winter.  While the types of bees that are generally raised in Canada are originally from temperate climates, they have adapted to the cold Canadian winters by […]

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 […]

the honey from the comb

the honey from the comb

extracting honey from a top-bar hive For backyard bee-keepers like us, the honey extraction process is really simple.  Working with one or two combs at a time makes for a quick afternoon activity with no need for specialized equipment.  Don’t get me wrong, it takes a little finesse (which we had very little of the […]

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 […]

bees need beers too…

At the end of a long week, nothing beats a Cold One out on the patio, on your front stoop, in the backyard or on your landing board… errrrr…. yes, your landing board. Bees work hard, seven days a week, toiling away in the hot sun bringing pollen and nectar back to the hive, risking […]