Some beekeepers choose to harvest their honey from single floral sources and these are known as varietal honeys. There does need to be a large amount, usually several acres, of the specific floral source for this to work and the bees have to be prepared to work the flowers the minute the nectar appears. What … Read more Top 20 Varieties of Honey from Around the World
Keeping bees requires a huge learning curve and one of the biggest is at harvest time. Each beekeeper will have their own way of doing things and most will gladly share their experiences and their tips with you. Seasoned beekeepers are always happy to help beginners out, to ensure the survival of the bees and … Read more 9 Tips for Making Your Honey Harvest Easier
Harvesting the Honey In this article, we will take a look at what for most beekeepers is the most enjoyable part of beekeeping, bringing in the honey. We will also take a brief look at some of the other products that can come from your hives. Of course, honey is by far the best-known bee … Read more What are the methods of harvesting honey?
The Role of Honey Bee Before we jump ahead to that point, let’s just take a look at the types of bees that make up a colony so that you know exactly who does what. You probably already have an idea of the three main types of bees. The workers are the guys who do … Read more How do you introduce bees to a new hive?
Types of Honeybees There are over twenty thousand different types of bee, and yet only seven of those are honeybees. From time to time, when you discuss the decline in bees that we are currently witnessing, someone will tell you that bee loss is overdramatized and that there are plenty of other pollinators that can … Read more What kind of honey bees should I get?
Prevention and Cure Unfortunately it is a fact of life that bees are subject to certain pests and diseases. As a beginner, you will not be able to spot all the signs, but this section will give you an idea of what to look out for and what action to take. Good hive management is … Read more How to Prevent common Pests and Diseases in Honey Bees
To get the best result from your homemade beeswax, take note of the following advice: Never use iron, zinc, brass, or copper containers to melt the beeswax since these metals can discolor the finished product. Do not allow the wax to boil since this not only makes the finished product brittle but also creates a … Read more How to Make the Perfect Beeswax at Home
Manuka Honey Manuka honey is made from the nectar gathered from the Manuka bush (Leptospermum scopar- ium), a wild shrub indigenous to New Zealand. Although your bees will not have access to manuka bushes, this honey is worth knowing about. While it is recognized that honey is generally good for you, manuka honey in particular … Read more What makes Manuka Honey and Heather Honey so special?
Honey Stores One of the most common questions asked by novice beekeepers is how much honey they can expect. The answer to this question depends on the weather, how prolific the nectar flow was for that year, how you manage the hive, and the health of your colony. You can help your bees to store … Read more How much Honey can be expected from a new Hive?
Humans have been captivated and mystified by bees and the way a hive functions for thousands of years. While it is not at all necessary to be an expert on bees in order to be a beekeeper, I’m sure you will eventually find yourself wanting to learn more about these insects and what they are … Read more 15 Fun Facts about Honey Bees