September 12, 2020
There are over 19,000 different kinds of bees and 30% of them live in a tunnel or cavity. You can help these tunnel-nesting pollinators out by providing a place for them to call home. I'm not sure where the name came from, but kids these days are calling it a bee hotel.
Making a bee hotel is a fancy way of saying you're collecting hollow tubes, putting them somewhere and leaving them alone all Spring and Summer. A bee hotel won't get you honey or beeswax, but some of the common tunnel-nesting bees like leaf cutters and mason bees are great pollinators of a lot of plants including veggies, fruits and herbs.
In this episode I explain how to make a bee hotel, how to care for it and clean it out, and what to plant to attract some common tunnel-nesting bees.
For those of you who love bees and want to have more in your neighborhood, but aren't able to keep honeybees, this is a great alternative. It's also a wonderful project to do with kids and help them learn more about bees.
Check out our blog post about it at: beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/making-a-bee-hotel-for-solitary-bees
Here you'll see a bunch of sample bee hotels, my personal bee hotel and links to learn more about bee hotels and tunnel-nesting bees.
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August 31, 2020
You should take the old, dark comb out of my beehive, but then what?
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August 27, 2020
What do people do with their frames of honeycomb after they extract the honey out?
That's a big question that few people have a good answer for. You have insects and small animals that will want to eat it and make a home out of it if you don't keep it safe. Luckily, I have a few options for you. I explain what I do, what large apiaries do, and the extra options you guys in cold weather states can do.
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August 25, 2020
It's honey harvesting time. Yay! But you have a box with thousands of bees in it. How do take the honey and leave the bees behind?
I explain three options for you:
• the recommended option for hobbyists
• what many commercial apiaries do when working with thousands of hives
• some gadgets that claim to do the work for you
Check out the YouTube video that goes along with this podcast. Go to YouTube and search for "Beekeeping Made Simple" or go to youtube.com/channel/UCoYVlnLz2TjO1bz93Gn9uig
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July 31, 2020
As I record this episode today, we are under a hurricane watch and dealing with other Summertime issues like robbing, bearding, high temperatures and dearth.
I'll explain what all of these things are and what beekeepers and bee-lovers can do to help the bees when it's super hot out. Just for the fun of it, I'll also talk about honeydew honey (honey made from bug poop) and what to do if bees are visiting your pool.
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July 16, 2020
Before starting my own bee farm I worked for two other apiaries. One was a small farm and the other had 3,000 hives. I cared for bees, gave tours, bread queens, and was told I couldn't be a beekeeper because I was female.
In this episode I tell the stories from my 7 years with these companies and witnessing Hawaii go through a terrible collapse of the bee population when the varroa mite arrived.
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July 1, 2020
For most people, the last thing they want is a swarm of thousands of bees flying by their house, but if you're a beekeeper, it's the best day ever because it means free bees! This episode is about swarms, why bees swarm, and how to lure a swarm with a bait hive.
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June 8, 2020
Ever wondered what it would be like to keep bees on the rooftops of buildings in New York City?
In this episode I talk with author, and urban beekeeper, Andrew Cote, about his childhood growing up as a 4th generation beekeeper, his non-profit Bees Without Borders, why he tells people his profession is truck driver and all the work that goes into keeping bees in a big city (don't forget you have to pay the meter!).
Check out Andrew's new book, Honey and Venom, Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper. It's not just for beekeepers, but anyone interested in a unique and funny story about a man with one of the most interesting jobs in NYC.
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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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