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YouTube: Trees and Shrubs for Bees

Rosemary is flowering now. We'll prune it back by a third when flowers finishing.

We continue our Plants for Pollinators Series with Honeylove.org. Our latest video gives you helpful suggestions for trees and shrubs you can plant for the pollinators in your life. They need pollen and nectar throughout the year, and some of … Continue reading

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Candles from Bees

The warm glow of beeswax is comforting and beautiful.

I usually leave crafting to Martha Stewart, but this project has been four years in the making and I’m chuffed about it. Four years ago we began harvesting honey from our backyard bee hive. Four years ago we started saving … Continue reading

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YouTube: Honey Harvesting Tricks for Home Gardeners

Bees take advantage of arugula that has bolted to seed in last week's heat.

It’s honey harvesting time and we documented our latest harvest so you can see how it’s done. We provide visual aids in this video for our favorite way to get bees out of the super you plan to harvest. We … Continue reading

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Honey Tasting Tips

Get your own tasting wheel from UC Davis.

While attending the Heirloom Expo 2016 we discovered there would be a honey competition, that is to say, a contest for the best tasting honey. Since we are at or near honey harvesting time, it’s appropriate to share a few … Continue reading

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Review: Natural Beekeeping Conference 2016

The bees enjoyed the flowers of bolting kale and mustard greens.

I had the good fortune of being a speaker at the first ever Natural Beekeeping Conference that took place this weekend in Pasadena, CA. Honeylove.org organized the event. They gathered top experts in treatment-free beekeeping from around the continent, and … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Honey Tasting Competition

Ours was #17. Would we win?

You would never know how different honey can taste from hive to hive until you’ve tasted a few samples side by side. It’s astounding, really. The flavor profiles range from grassy to floral to fruity, just like a good wine … Continue reading

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Biodynamic Beekeeping with Michael Thiele

bee design

I had the pleasure of taking a biodynamic apiculture class with Michael Thiele of Gaia Bees this past weekend. WOW. Talk about taking a different approach. Michael does not use smoke, doesn’t wear a protective suit, and doesn’t use conventional … Continue reading

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Bee Hive Rescue – Fascinating Stuff!

New home for bees

Every once in a while, bees find a home at Ocean View Farms organic community garden. Sadly, we can’t legally keep them there, but instead of calling the exterminators, a bee rescue team came to relocate them to a new … Continue reading

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Installing a Swarm Box

Swarm box ready for guests

As you may know, bees are responsible for pollinating 1 out of every 4 bites of food we eat, so attracting bees to your garden is a really good idea. One way to do it is to put up a … Continue reading

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