Bee Quilts

Many years ago a home that was once owned by a farmer in the city of Seattle was being cleaned out.  An entire basement was filled with supplies.  Old boxes, some 8 frame some 10, miscellaneous bits and pieces of equipment and that “thing” you see in the picture above. But what was that thing?…

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Brushing the Bees

While the term bee brush may make you think of combing a cat or dog we promise we’re not suggesting that you clean off your bees with a tiny brush.  Frankly they’re likely covered in pollen and would prefer to keep it that way and besides, you have better things to do than brushing thousands…

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Beeswax Candles

At some point after processing your honey you’ll realize that you have all this beeswax and you want to do something with it.  One of the easiest things to do is make candles. While you can purchase lots of equipment to make candles perfectly you can also make candles cheaply mostly with things you have…

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Catching a Swarm Fail

  Every once in a while being a lazy beekeeper pays off.  On one occasion I caught a swarm of bees in a dead hive simply because I hadn’t gotten around to cleaning out the hive yet and the spring swarm season took care of the issue for me.  Yay for free bees! This year…

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Beekeeping Supers: Comb

We’ve talked about three different types of supers already.  Deep Hive bodies which are usually used as the area for brood, aka the place that the queen lays her eggs.  Western supers which are smaller and lighter than deep supers and can be used as either honey supers or brood bodies.  And finally Shallow supers…

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