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.
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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.
March 26, 2020
People are running to the store to stock up on food and other necessities, but what are they doing to become more self-sufficient?
With just the five products you can harvest from a beehive, you can produce a sweetener, cough medicine, lotion, an immune boosting elixir, and protein-rich food.
You can also create your own wood stain and furniture protector and make fabric water resistant.
In this episode, I talk about the many things you can do with the products harvested from the beehive and why beekeeping is one of the best hobbies for those who want to be more self-sufficient.
March 14, 2020
Royal Jelly! What an amazing substance, or so they say. It can help with fertility, it can lower cholesterol, it adds collagen to your face and is a supplement that boosts your immune and gives you energy!!
BUT, it's also harvested by killing baby queen bees. Is this substance ethical? You decide for yourself. In this episode I talk about what royal jelly is, how it's harvested, its uses, how expensive it is and what's in it.
I'll also give my take on whether I think it is ethical or not.
Lastly, I'll talk about whether it's what's IN royal jelly that makes a queen live so long and be fertile OR if it's something the worker bees are doing that causes infertility. Some scientists have recently changed their theory.
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January 22, 2020
I try to keep this podcast about topics that beekeepers & non-beekeepers can both enjoy, but this was a topic I thought deserved its own episode. Sorry non beekeepers.
Oxalic acid is a popular treatment for varroa mites, but was only approved to be used in the U.S. in 2015.
This episode talks about what oxalic acid is, the different methods it's used in the hive and my experience using it. Since my bees are in Hawaii where the weather is always warm and there is always brood present in the hive, my experience was very different than most.
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December 23, 2019
- Why is it better to stand still than swat at a bee?
- Why do bees have hair on their eyes?
- What drug is popular with both bees and humans?
- Do bees sleep and what's your proof?
- Why do bees shake each other?
Learn the answer to these questions and a bunch of other random facts about honey bees.
I also talk about how I made beeswax-dipped holiday decorations from stuff I collected on a walk in my neighborhood and dark brown wax I have laying around.
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November 9, 2019
How do bees know how to build a hexagon-shaped cell? Honeycomb is the foundation of the beehive. Learn how the bees make it, why no other shape would work as well, and how we, at our bee farm, harvest honeycomb.
We'll also be talking about the honey infusions we're working on at the farm and what the bees are doing right now in Hawaii.
PLUS - we now have a phone line for you to call in about your experiences with bees and beekeeping. Share with us your stories and we will add them to the podcast.
October 1, 2019
Did you know most wasps are non-stinging insects? Or that there's a variety of wasps that can kill a beehive of 40,000 in under an hour?
Learn about these amazing creatures and why Hollywood is indebted to them in this episode about wasps. Featuring Joe O'Brien with his knowledge and love for these guys.
In this episode we talk about:
• the difference between wasps and bees
• how wasps can help your garden & other benefits of wasps
• a few crazy species of wasps including the "yak killers"
September 5, 2019
A shoe box full of bees, the meanest bees I ever met and encounters with queen breeders accusing us of stealing their bees. I've caught a swarms and did bee removals in the past. This episode I share some of the dumb things I've done while attempting to catch swarms, the annoying people I've met and why I still encourage beekeepers to try it anyway.