Healthy Bees

Not-So-Golden Side of Goldenrod

August 29, 2012 | Healthy Bees

This time of year, honeybees are feasting on this nectar-rich plant when available. Their opinion of its golden goodness may not be shared by us humans. For starters, goldenrod nectar can cause a “locker room” smell in the hive. Additionally, if the resulting honey is primarily from goldenrod nectar, it Read more >

Four Steps to Healthier Bees

August 29, 2012 | Michael Bush | Healthy Bees

Editor’s note: Kelley’s Field Day in June, 2012 was delighted to offer the expertise of Michael Bush, well known for his research and extensive knowledge on natural beekeeping. Following is a summary of Bush’s presentation on “Four Steps to Healthier Bees.” Step 1: No Treatments An area of Read more >

To Feed or Not to Feed

August 29, 2012 | Healthy Bees

By Lady Spirit Moon In the fall of my first year of beekeeping, I was instructed to feed sugar-water to my two hives. At the end of winter there were signs of Nosema all over the outside of the boxes and dead bees on the ground in front. I knew something was wrong and deep down knew I was the Read more >

The Drought & Honeybees

July 31, 2012 | Healthy Bees

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