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Julie D
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A Broody Break
If you follow this blog, you may have noticed a long gap of silence. Perhaps you've missed the chatter. Perhaps you've been enjoying the sudden quiet. In any case, I just wanted to say that 1) I'm not dead, but 2) I've decided to take a year off from beekee...
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Rudi Peters - Overwinter Hive Sensor Discoveries
A week or so ago, my friend Scott from Sweet Spot Apiary  shared this really interesting video with me. The speaker, Rudi Peters, shares his observations comparing insulated vs. uninsulated hives. He keeps Langs, but I think that his notes will be interesti...
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Korean Honey for New Year's
One of my favorite YouTube channels is The Korean Englishman. The guys who produce it just seem adorably goofy and sweet and fun. It's also completely family-friendly, so it's good to watch with my kids, who are interested in their own Korean heritage. Anyw...
Korean Honey for New Year's
Korean Honey for New Year's
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Dr. Sharashkin: Part 2
Dr. Leo Sharashkin gave a two-day series of lectures on natural beekeeping and managing Layens hives for my local bee club a couple of weekends ago. Part 1 of my notes is in an earlier post. It covers some general notes on keeping bees naturally and on sell...
Dr. Sharashkin: Part 2
Dr. Sharashkin: Part 2
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Dr. Sharashkin: Part 1
The Connecticut Beekeeper's Association invited Dr. Leo Sharashkin to speak about natural beekeeping methods using Layens hives this past weekend. Wow! What a speaker! If you ever get a chance to hear him talk, seize the opportunity. You will be so glad you...
Dr. Sharashkin: Part 1
Dr. Sharashkin: Part 1
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A Special Visitor in the Beeyard
Top bar hives seem to be gaining more and more momentum every year, but when I started out, it felt like they were still few and far between. Most people at my bee club hadn't even heard of them, much less had any experience with them. As a result, I turned...
A Special Visitor in the Beeyard
A Special Visitor in the Beeyard
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Where's the Queen?
During my last inspection, Austeja appeared to have absconded and was completely broodless, so I gave her 5 bars of brood and eggs hoping she'd make a new queen. So 2 weeks later, on Independence Day, I expected to find a new queen chewing her way to freedo...
Where's the Queen?
Where's the Queen?
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Vindication!!!
I'm a big proponent of learning through reading and listening to experts. On the other hand, I also believe that you have to trust what you see with your own eyes. To quote Syrio Forel, the fencing teacher from The Game of Thrones, "My words lied. My eyes a...
Vindication!!!
Vindication!!!
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A Full Beeyard Again
Last fall, an acquaintance of mine expressed an interest in seeing the bees since she'd like to take up the insanity that is beekeeping. Given the dearth we experienced most of last year and the onset of winter, my bees were super cranky. Not wanting to pro...
A Full Beeyard Again
A Full Beeyard Again
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What TBHs look like after 30 days without inspection
Recently, rain, cold weather, work, birthday parties, and chicken-related jobs have all conspired against me. As a result, my TBHs haven't been inspected for a full month. But today was a glorious, sunny 72 degrees F. Not willing to let another day pass wit...
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