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.  

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…