Honeybees Love Mint

The honeybees in the farm feasted on mint this late summer. The farm today has multiple varieties of mint and other herbs like marjoram, basil, oregano, catnip, sage, lavender etc. The honeybees showed a special liking for the mint, lavender and marjoram flowers. While bumble bees were dominating the catnip.  

Water Lilly

The water pond in the apiary had the first bloom of the water Lilly this season in the farm. The long term goal of our farm is to have a diversity supporting and complementing the native flora and fauna. Water Lilly in a small pond helps purify the water and shelter to many water based…

Small Hive Beetles

Small hive beetles (SHB) are a nightmare for an apiary. They simply try to takeover a hive and their fecal matter ferments the stored honey. I discovered an infestation of SHB in three of my hives, about five weeks back. They were everywhere, crawling inside the box, hiding in hive cells and the grooves of…

Hunger – Summer Issues in an Apiary

This summer (July –Aug 2016) has been brutal for the apiary. The new apiarist learned the hard way, the cyclic nature of the flowering trees. There are no garden books or articles that discuss this phenomenon in general. This year, the Black Locust, Yellow Poplar, Honeysuckle, Apple, Pear, Cherry and host of other trees did not flower…

What is common between bees and traditional Indian milkman?

When you talk about an Indian Milkman, water has to be said in the same sentence. He is the most sought after yet most notorious for selling diluted milk. In India he is the only one who magically sells more milk than produced every day. Before the white revolution in India, it was a common…

What is common between bees and a desert cooler?

Pic above: bees making a beeline for collecting water  Desert cooler works on the principle of water evaporation. It is also called a evaporative cooler. The temperature of air is lowered using the principle of evaporative cooling. This is the same principle the human body cools itself. Perspiration, sweat secreted by the body evaporates to cool the…