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What to do with old, dark comb

What to do with old, dark comb

August 31, 2020

You should take the old, dark comb out of my beehive, but then what? 

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How to Store Honeycomb Over the Winter

How to Store Honeycomb Over the Winter

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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A Few Ways to Get Bees Out of a Honey Super

A Few Ways to Get Bees Out of a Honey Super

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

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Bees in the Summer - Heat Waves, Robbing, Bearding & Hurricanes

Bees in the Summer - Heat Waves, Robbing, Bearding & Hurricanes

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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My Experience Working for Commercial Apiaries - the good, the sexist and the annoying

My Experience Working for Commercial Apiaries - the good, the sexist and the annoying

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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Free bees! How to Lure a Swarm

Free bees! How to Lure a Swarm

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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Beekeeping on Rooftops - Interview with NYC Beekeeper Andrew Cote

Beekeeping on Rooftops - Interview with NYC Beekeeper Andrew Cote

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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The 7 Steps to Getting Started Keeping Bees

The 7 Steps to Getting Started Keeping Bees

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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Who Rules the Hive & Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of the Cicada Killer

Who Rules the Hive & Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of the Cicada Killer

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.

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