Friday, October 30, 2020

Autumn Honey Harvest Available With Our NEW Labels!

Total Fall honey harvest this year is 104 pounds. Which is interesting, because many Beekeepers are reporting huge year-over-year shortfalls due to the drought we've been having, but we're only 5 pounds less than last year.

A Backyard Beekeeper's Autumn Day's Work

I thought I would try something new this week, since I was going down to the apiary anyway...  So I tossed a phone in my pocket to see what would happen.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Timing the Fall Honey Harvest

This year's fall honey harvest has been a tricky one. A lot of beekeepers are reporting very low yields and the state is considering it a "failed crop." We have fared better (we think?) but it has not been without its challenges.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Maintaining Our Boardwalk

Our beekeeping mentors give us a bit of light-hearted grief about our "swamp," where the bee hives are located, but the bees really thrive down there... assuming you can GET to the bee hives, because the path is sometimes completely underwater.

Friday, September 11, 2020

How do honeybees find their way back home?

Our three main hives all look pretty similar and they're located really close to each other, so you might wonder how do honeybees find their way home at all, let alone into the "right" hive? It's really a fascinating process called orienting. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Haulin' pollen means more bees!


As the late summer goldenrod is flourishing, the honeybees are busy stocking up on their winter supplies, but first...  they need more pollen.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Did you know that honeybees vape?

Vaping has been in the news a lot over the last few years-- though recently the stories have been about it's decline in the use by young people, which is good news. But what you might not know is that our bees vape... kind of a lot, depending on the time of year.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Down the Bee Boardwalk to Orientation

Even though we've been beekeeping for four years now, I realize that I'll have to sort of usher people unfamiliar with our operation into what they're looking at. I guess you could call it orientation.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Welcome to Dandelion Apiary!

We've decided to make an online presence for our hobbyist bee yard, which we affectionately call Dandelion Apiary.

Why would we name our apiary after a pervasive weed?

I'm glad you asked!