Author: The Bumbling Beekeeper

What's Blooming Now

What’s Blooming – February 2021

This is the month where we start to see the trees and shrubs coming back to life. The big bee nectar and pollen source for my bees are the Red Maples. Silver Maples will be blooming this month as well. Also, we’ll start to see Willow and Forsythia and some of the ornamental trees like …

Educational, Resources

Thinking of Taking Up Beekeeping?

2018 will be my 11th year actively learning about keeping bees and you’d think with that many years behind me, it would be getting easier to keep my bees alive. That hasn’t been the case. And if you talk to long time beekeepers (like having 50 years or more under their belt) they’ll tell you …

Hive maintenance

Oxalic Acid Drizzle

Dr. Marion Ellis from the University of Nebraska spoke at an NCSBA bee conference in 2016 and covered a couple of methods for using oxalic acid to eliminate varroa in the hive.  The trickle or drizzle or dribble method is one of the ways to treat.  According to Dr. Ellis, this method is applicable only …

Hive maintenance

Bee Fondant vs. Sugar Blocks

Once the temperatures start dropping, the bees will have a hard time processing even the heavy sugar syrup.  So I start adding bee fondant to the hives and that works pretty well for me. A lot of people use sugar blocks, but I started making and using bee fondant after a talk by NC Master …