May 26, 2020
It can be overwhelming getting started keeping bees. There's equipment to buy, BEES to buy, lots of stuff to learn and getting stung!
In this episode, I break down the steps I teach my students in our Intro to Beekeeping class. It's what I wish I knew when I was getting started and what has worked well for my students.
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May 10, 2020
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. This episode is about who makes the decisions in the honeybee hive. There is a queen, after all, but by now you probably know that she isn't in charge. So, who decides when it's time to swarm? How do the bees know what their job is in the hive because there are a lot? And when do they decide to replace the queen? Who, then, is supposed to kill the queen?!
Honeybees do a great job of making decisions that benefit the entire hive and we could probably learn a thing or two from them and their decision making process.
PLUS! A special podcast coupon for those looking to take an online beekeeping class,
And a little bit about the cicada killer and why people are freaking out about them too!
Finally, a great book about bees that I'm currently ready and a video the author made you can view on YouTube of bees doing waggle dances on a swarm and how to tell what they're saying.
May 5, 2020
Some myth busting about the Asian Giant Hornet & why it could potentially cause a lot of harm to the honey bee population.
Then, I talk about all the dumb things I've done over the years as a beekeeper - why wearing fuzzy pants is a bad idea, how being a cheap beekeeper has led to a lot of these problems & why I've had to pull over on the side of a highway to let bees out of my car.
If you're just getting started keeping bees or are thinking about it, I hope these stories encourage you to not take it too seriously and have fun. Everyone makes mistakes and I've probably made more than the average person.