Our honeybees are working the pumpkin patch with gusto now that the blackberry nectar flow is coming to a close. We rely heavily on our pumpkins, borage; clover; cardoon and thistle to get the bees through this July/August dearth period. The girls arrive back n the hive just covered in pollen - disguised as some alien orange… Continue reading To Bee or Not to Bee
Thanks G.W. for the beautiful antique bottle! Our honey has all been bottled now and we're grinning from ear to ear with honey love.
“We ate our honey! We ate a lot! Now we have no honey in our honey pot!” from 'The Big Honey Hunt' - Berenstain Bears children's book Yesterday marked the day of the honey bee at the weed patch with six family members in attendance involved in either extracting, bottling or taste-testing the 17 kg honey crop… Continue reading From the Hive
Our local provincial bee inspector recently held a workshop on field assessment methods for choosing breeder queens as part of her research with the BC Bee Breeders Association. This group is working to develop the capacity to breed quality local honey bees so we can reduce our reliance on imported queens which are generally not well suited… Continue reading Clean Queens
When most gardeners or farmers think about bee-friendly crops, bee-balm; borage; buckwheat, clover and alfalfa come to mind. Here in the gulf islands, we rely on road sides covered in Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus) to feed our honey bees with enough nectar to produce a honey crop. In our agroforestry project, we've incorporated a subtle undertone… Continue reading Bees Need Trees