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My First Real Hive Inspection!

Everything looks great inside.  I took off the hive top and bees were all on top of the inner cover.  As a new beekeeper, I really do not know if this is a good thing or not but the bees appeared to be okay. I will admit, I added  this top brood box too soon. … Continue reading

My Bees are Bearding at night time.

 I am not sure why I went outside to check on my bees; but last Saturday night about 11:30 pm I checked on them and this is what I saw.  From my research, I learned that the bees are hanging out because of possible congestion and heat in the hive.  The Georgia sun during the … Continue reading

Honey Bee Water Fountain

In the video,  you see a water fountain that I created using one of my rain barrels.  I turned the faucet on to allow a slow drip and placed a couple of stones underneath. The bees can land on the stones and then collect water to take back to their hive. They seem to like … Continue reading

A honey bee found my midnight salvia!

Saturday, I got up anticipating a sunny day.  The forecast given the night before was for complete sunshine with temperatures of about 85 degrees.  However, the day started out very dreary. Around 9 am, I peeped over at the hive and only a few bees were milling about.  I knew that I would have to … Continue reading

The Bees have a new home. A photo story.

The African American Beekeeper in an “Ultra Breeze Bee Suit.” This bee suit kept me safe and confident while working the bees. Absolutely, no stings!!!

Getting Started In Beekeeping? Do Your Research!

Don’t Make the Mistake I Made! I was so excited about becoming a beekeeper, I immediately went online and ordered an 8 frame beginners kit for beekeeping “English Garden” style from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm. The kit included an entrance feeder, book, smoker, bee brush, 10” hive tool, plastic gloves, and hatless veil.  I purchased … Continue reading

New Bee-ginnings

Last summer, I noticed that my purple coneflowers were being visited by some bees.  So, I decided to grab my camera and snap a couple of pictures of them taking nectar and pollen from the flower. I am always so fascinated by the insects and birds that visit my flowers.  I planted these around my … Continue reading