Episode-269- The Front Yard Food Forest

Front Yard Permaculture Its been 3 Years since I tried to grow in the front yard. For more on that visit Episode-55- Grow Food Not Lawns But Not In The Front Yard  Since I've learned so much especially about swales and guilds and birds and bees and flowers and butterflies in the backyard it's time to turn on the green in the front yard. After years of practice and learning the food forest...

Free Mason Bees

   This video show the Blue Orchard Mason Bee Osmia Lignaria cocoons that are hibernating in my fridge. The camera then trail to the garage where I am building the new mason bee homes. I have homes and nesting reeds available for purchase. The bees are free and will be ready to work in the spring. They spend their days pollinating your spring and summer fruit, vegetable and flower plants....

Episode-247- Easy Way To Provide Water For Honeybees

             It is taking me time to catch up on all the things I have been recording around the home from the beginning of spring but I get to things eventually. Today's video was taken in April before the spring was in full swing. I'm at the point now where my management cycle has been tested enough that I know when to bring certain systems online. I built this site to help me keep...

Episode-244- How To Inspect The Top Bar Hives

The video in today's episode is a month old already but I get to things eventually. I am taking a less invasive approach to beekeeping this year. There has been too much to prepare in the gardens that I have not had to the time or energy to over manage the hoeny bees which I think is a good thing. Over managing in the past has led to more problems than successes so I am not repeating past...

Butterflies In the Bee Balm

The cold of January has me yearning for the heat of summer and all of the beautiful creatures that go along with it. In particular just when I thought the bee balm was dried  up and done for in August there was a second bloom and this one fed a large gathering of butterflies. I don't know much about butterflies but I do know they have a purpose in the garden and I go out of my way to appealing...

Honey Bees Gathering At The Chamomile

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 seems to have waned and the bees are frisky, protective and well...

Episode-217- Check In On The Top Bar Hive

The video for today's episode presents the thrive hive which is the sole remaining bee colony on my property. This colony has remained strong from the time it was placed in the top bar hive in April 2013. It was doing so well that I took three top bars full of brood (bee larvae and pupae), pollen and honey in early June in an attempt to rescue colonies B and C. That turned out to be a waste of...