Category Archives: Natural Methods

Swarm Season! Honeybees on the lookout for new homes.

Swarm season has begun!   So keep an eye out on sunny days, typically between 10:00am and 3:00pm or so.   If you see a cluster of bees on a branch or structure, don’t worry they won’t hurt you.  But … Continue reading

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Two Upcoming Advanced Classes

A friend of mine, Jacqueline Freeman is offering two classes on March 31 at a farm in Snoqualmie, WA.   Here are the details: HONEYBEES from a very natural perspective The Salvation of the Honeybee Kingdom:    Swarms & Feral … Continue reading

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Slide Show from PSBA meeting

Here are the slides from the September meeting of the  Puget Sound Beekeepers Association.  The topic was Natural Methods in Backyard Beekeeping.   They include a simple recipe for herbal sugar syrup. Slide show from PSBA meeting.

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It’s August – Look out for mites!

Many new beekeepers ask “What does a mite look like?”, or How do I know when I have mites?”     To help identify this problem here is a picture of a single mite on a white bottom board.  As … Continue reading

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Bee Seizures – toxins or illness?

Last August I noticed scores of bees crawling around my garden with intermittent little seizures every couple of seconds or so.    They did not fly, and were constantly thrown off course and even onto their backs by the seizures. … Continue reading

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Comb builders extraordinaire!

This year there is more than expected bridge comb, and in some cases truly crazy comb in the top bar hives, and also the foundationless Langstroth frames.   This means the bees have used their own sensibilities to build the … Continue reading

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Feeding Bees

In an ideal world, honeybee colonies are immortal superorganisms that can adapt to whatever mother nature brings their way.   But in the real world of the early 21st century, honeybee colonies are weakened, often die within a year and are … Continue reading

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A Tough Spring for the Bees.

The spring weather in the Northwest this year is no easy ride for the bees.    The few fickle days of warming in March, then dramatic cooling again, persistent rain, wind and general cool temperatures, still dipping into the 30′s … Continue reading

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Getting Bees: Swarms, Nucs & Packages

According to principles of natural beekeeping, the best way to get bees is to collect  a swarm.   A swarm occurs when a colony is in good health and decides to split off a portion of itself, including the old … Continue reading

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