Tag Archives: honey bees

May

Tony Teolis/ May 10, 2014/ Gardens/ 0 comments

Wow! I have not posted ever since I wrote all those things in April I was going to do next. Well I did and I am and there’s more to do. So that’s what happens in May. There’s some cool vids of the new bees (mason and honey) being installed coming next. Apples, peach, strawberries, comfrey, rhubarb, horseradish, lavender and

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Episode-236- 7 Essential Supplies For Spring Beekeping

Tony Teolis/ March 29, 2014/ Honey Bees/ 0 comments

2014 is my fourth beekeeping season. Right now the top bar hive seems like it will make it into spring no problem. However, getting them out of spring will be the challenge. It’s been a long much too long winter and the bees will need to work hard in between the early rains to gather pollen, nectar, build and raise

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Episode-234- Insulate The Top Bar Hive For Winter

Tony Teolis/ February 16, 2014/ Honey Bees/ 3 comments

As winter drags on through month four it seemed like a good idea to reflect on how I prepped the top bar hive back in October. In the warmer fall weather it was easy to avoid tasks such as this one but experience and knowledge of Mother Nature;s tendencies prevented me from being lazy. I am glad I took the

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Honey Bees Get Some Sun Before Snow

Tony Teolis/ January 21, 2014/ Honey Bees/ 0 comments

January 20, 2014 outside the thrive hive top bar hive and there is a lot of activitiy. The temperature went up to 12 degrees Celcius (54 F) just ahead of another snow storm coming our way. This one looks like a keeper although the ice from last December lasted a week after the snow melted. The busy bees are a

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January

Tony Teolis/ January 3, 2014/ Preparedness/ 0 comments

As the snow falls on this secondary of January 2014 I must get off my tail and firm up plans for spring. It may seem like a far way off but in just four weeks I will have to start seeds if I wish for a productive crop starting with green onions and parsley. Then it won’t be long before

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Episode-227- Part 2 Check The Top Bar Hive Before Winter

Tony Teolis/ December 31, 2013/ Honey Bees/ 0 comments

Here is part 2 of the November 2nd pre-winter check of the top bar hive. In this video you will see more of the honey stores these bees have prepared for the long cold winter. A good clean up job of old unused comb and the addition of fondant will help these bees through the winter. At least that’s the

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December

Tony Teolis/ December 13, 2013/ Permaculture/ 0 comments

December has just begun and we were greeted unusually warm weather for then first few days but that quickly changed to cold rain with an impending ice storm on the way. I want to see how the bees are doing. I haven’t seen any in several weeks and I hope that just indicates they are tucked away and clustered for

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Honey Bees Gathering At The Chamomile

Tony Teolis/ October 24, 2013/ Gardens, Honey Bees/ 0 comments

I was fortunate enough to catch these bees hard at work getting ready for a cold weather front to hit our area. All that’s left this year is the top bar hive which I have affectionately referred to as the thrive hive. However, things have been challenging for it lately but the battle with Varroa Destructor and small hive beetles

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