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The Buzz About Bees
33 minutes | a month ago
How to Spot the queen Bee
Ever have that hive with a queen that you can never find? In this episode, I talk share the queenspotting tips my former employer and 4th generation beekeeper shared with me. I used to give 2 beekeeping tours a day, 5 days a week for 3 years and these tips worked for me every time except twice! Queenspotting quiz ~ beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/queenspotting-tips All online beekeeping classes are buy one get one free until December 27th at beekeepingmadesimple.com.
91 minutes | 2 months ago
Michael Bush & the Role of the Beekeeper
What are the bees trying to do and how can I help them accomplish what they're trying to do? That's Michael's take on the role of the beekeeper. In this episode I talk with Michael Bush, author of The Practical Beekeeper (as well as other books), and discuss his lazy beekeeping techniques, developing an intuition with your bees, treatment free beekeeping, how he got started, bee fever and more! Michael's website > http://bushfarms.com/bees.htm All of his books can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Links are on his website. Photo of Michael's beekeeping calendar > beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/michaelbush
44 minutes | 3 months ago
The Life & Legacy of Eva Crane
I wanted to take a break from the science of bees and beekeeping and share with you the story of one of the most well known and influential writers about beekeeping, Eva Crane. The Eva Crane story starts at 21:45.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Randy Oliver from Scientific Beekeeping on breeding Varroa Resistant Bees, Mite Tests & More!
Randy Oliver from scientificbeekeeping.com talks with me about his work breeding varroa resistant bees that are calm & gentle at his farm in CA. We also talk about the role of the beekeeper when it comes to dealing with varroa mites, why powdered sugar won't get you as accurate of a mite test result as alcohol or dish soap and much more. If you haven't yet, check out scientificbeekeeping.com for information about mite testing and mite treatment options. Our Fall sale is going on now! All of our online beekeeping classes are 50% off. This our biggest sale of the year. If you'd like to keep bees this coming Spring, now is the time to start learning. Enroll at beekeepingmadesimple.com.
49 minutes | 4 months ago
The Flow Hive. What it's all about and my experience using one.
This is my second year using a flow hive. My first year I didn't like it, but then I figured out some tricks to harvesting that made me appreciate its convenience. Why is it so popular? Who is it definitely NOT for? What tips do I have for those with a flow hive? These are all the things I address in this episode. Watch my YouTube video of how I harvest from a Flow Hive using a 5 gallon bucket at beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/flowhivetips. Try our online beekeeping course risk free! Sign up today at beekeepingmadesimple.com using the coupon PODCAST for 20% off. Try it out. If you don't enjoy the class, request a refund within 60 days. No questions asked.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
How to Make a Bee Hotel & Attracting Tunnel-nesting Bees
There are over 19,000 different kinds of bees and 30% of them live in a tunnel or cavity. You can help these tunnel-nesting pollinators out by providing a place for them to call home. I'm not sure where the name came from, but kids these days are calling it a bee hotel. Making a bee hotel is a fancy way of saying you're collecting hollow tubes, putting them somewhere and leaving them alone all Spring and Summer. A bee hotel won't get you honey or beeswax, but some of the common tunnel-nesting bees like leaf cutters and mason bees are great pollinators of a lot of plants including veggies, fruits and herbs. In this episode I explain how to make a bee hotel, how to care for it and clean it out, and what to plant to attract some common tunnel-nesting bees. For those of you who love bees and want to have more in your neighborhood, but aren't able to keep honeybees, this is a great alternative. It's also a wonderful project to do with kids and help them learn more about bees. Check out our blog post about it at: beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/making-a-bee-hotel-for-solitary-bees Here you'll see a bunch of sample bee hotels, my personal bee hotel and links to learn more about bee hotels and tunnel-nesting bees. If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review & tell me what you liked about it!
15 minutes | 5 months ago
What to do with old, dark comb
You should take the old, dark comb out of my beehive, but then what? If you enjoy my podcast or have found it helpful, leave a review! I would really appreciate it.
16 minutes | 5 months ago
How to Store Honeycomb Over the Winter
What do people do with their frames of honeycomb after they extract the honey out? That's a big question that few people have a good answer for. You have insects and small animals that will want to eat it and make a home out of it if you don't keep it safe. Luckily, I have a few options for you. I explain what I do, what large apiaries do, and the extra options you guys in cold weather states can do. Check out our YouTube video that goes along with this episode - https://youtu.be/OQq0Z9OT-jg OR go to YouTube and search for Beekeeping Made Simple. Did you find this episode helpful? Leave a review! Talk about what you learned in the podcast. I would be so grateful if you did!!
17 minutes | 5 months ago
A Few Ways to Get Bees Out of a Honey Super
It's honey harvesting time. Yay! But you have a box with thousands of bees in it. How do take the honey and leave the bees behind? I explain three options for you: • the recommended option for hobbyists • what many commercial apiaries do when working with thousands of hives • some gadgets that claim to do the work for you Check out the YouTube video that goes along with this podcast. Go to YouTube and search for "Beekeeping Made Simple" or go to youtube.com/channel/UCoYVlnLz2TjO1bz93Gn9uig Want to learn more about bees and beekeeping? Our online classes at beekeepingmadesimple.com teach how to care for your bees, from start to finish, using short, video lessons. Use promo code PODCAST for 20% off.
57 minutes | 5 months ago
A Look at Butterflies & How to Create a Butterfly Garden
Butterflies! You've seen these beautiful creatures flying around and maybe even tried to catch one as a kid, but how much do you really know about them? Unlike honey bees, they're not great pollinators and they don't produce delicious food for us to eat. None the less, images of butterflies are everywhere - on cards, notebooks, mugs. They add beauty to the world and are a source of food for many animals. In this episode, I talk with Jessica McAtee, a butterfly expert, so we can learn all about these fascinating creatures and how we can turn our yard into a butterfly garden. For more info about butterflies, photos and links to butterfly resources go to https://www.beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/all-about-butterflies You can learn more about Jessica's work with butterflies at HappyButterfly.net And that wacky book I mentioned about bugs and how they reproduce is Birds & Bees: A Sexual Study by Stermer.
37 minutes | 6 months ago
Bees in the Summer - Heat Waves, Robbing, Bearding & Hurricanes
As I record this episode today, we are under a hurricane watch and dealing with other Summertime issues like robbing, bearding, high temperatures and dearth. I'll explain what all of these things are and what beekeepers and bee-lovers can do to help the bees when it's super hot out. Just for the fun of it, I'll also talk about honeydew honey (honey made from bug poop) and what to do if bees are visiting your pool. Download our free ebook, 7 Steps to Keeping Bees in Your Own Backyard, at beekeepingmadesimple.com. Use promo code PODCAST for 20% all of our online classes.
40 minutes | 6 months ago
My Experience Working for Commercial Apiaries - the good, the sexist and the annoying
Before starting my own bee farm I worked for two other apiaries. One was a small farm and the other had 3,000 hives. I cared for bees, gave tours, bread queens, and was told I couldn't be a beekeeper because I was female. In this episode I tell the stories from my 7 years with these companies and witnessing Hawaii go through a terrible collapse of the bee population when the varroa mite arrived. See my photos & videos of the farms & moving the bees at beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/commercial If you haven't yet, sign up for our newsletter at beekeepingmadesimple.com/newsletter.
57 minutes | 6 months ago
Free bees! How to Lure a Swarm
For most people, the last thing they want is a swarm of thousands of bees flying by their house, but if you're a beekeeper, it's the best day ever because it means free bees! This episode is about swarms, why bees swarm, and how to lure a swarm with a bait hive. Enroll in our online beekeeping class & start keeping bees! Use promo code PODCAST at beekeepingmadesimple.com for 20% off our Beekeeping for Beginners course. You could be keeping bees in just a couple of months. We'll show you how to get started and everything you need to know.
57 minutes | 7 months ago
Beekeepers be warned. How COVID is Affecting Beekeeping.
"Beekeeping! Let's give it a try." That's what a lot of people said when COVID-19 forced a lot of people into quarantine. I'm not dissing beginner beekeepers, but its causing problems for current beekeepers. In this episode I talk about: How to prevent swarming Small tasks to do now so you don't have a ton of bee things to do late summer How to prevent a mini heart attack when you realize it will take 6+ weeks for supplies to arrive What to do if you can't care for your bees as often as you used to Take our beginner beekeeping class online! Learn more and enroll at BeekeepingMadeSimple.com. Use promo code PODCAST for 20% off.
59 minutes | 7 months ago
Beekeeping on Rooftops - Interview with NYC Beekeeper Andrew Cote
Ever wondered what it would be like to keep bees on the rooftops of buildings in New York City? In this episode I talk with author, and urban beekeeper, Andrew Cote, about his childhood growing up as a 4th generation beekeeper, his non-profit Bees Without Borders, why he tells people his profession is truck driver and all the work that goes into keeping bees in a big city (don't forget you have to pay the meter!). Check out Andrew's new book, Honey and Venom, Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper. It's not just for beekeepers, but anyone interested in a unique and funny story about a man with one of the most interesting jobs in NYC. I have a free beekeeping book just for you! Go to beekeepingmadesimple.com to download our ebook, The 7 Steps to Keeping Bees in Your Own Backyard.
23 minutes | 8 months ago
The 7 Steps to Getting Started Keeping Bees
It can be overwhelming getting started keeping bees. There's equipment to buy, BEES to buy, lots of stuff to learn and getting stung! In this episode, I break down the steps I teach my students in our Intro to Beekeeping class. It's what I wish I knew when I was getting started and what has worked well for my students. I have a special gift for you! Download our ebook, The 7 Steps to Keeping Bees in Your Own Backyard for free! Go to beekeepingmadesimple.com. There's checklists, diagrams and tips on ways you can some money. When you're ready to become a beekeeper, take our online class, Beekeeping for Beginners at beekeepingmadesimple.com. Use promo code PODCAST for 20% off!
21 minutes | 8 months ago
Who Rules the Hive & Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid of the Cicada Killer
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. This episode is about who makes the decisions in the honeybee hive. There is a queen, after all, but by now you probably know that she isn't in charge. So, who decides when it's time to swarm? How do the bees know what their job is in the hive because there are a lot? And when do they decide to replace the queen? Who, then, is supposed to kill the queen?! Honeybees do a great job of making decisions that benefit the entire hive and we could probably learn a thing or two from them and their decision making process. PLUS! A special podcast coupon for those looking to take an online beekeeping class, And a little bit about the cicada killer and why people are freaking out about them too! Finally, a great book about bees that I'm currently ready and a video the author made you can view on YouTube of bees doing waggle dances on a swarm and how to tell what they're saying.
45 minutes | 8 months ago
Asian Giant Hornet Update & Some of the Dumb Things I've Done as a Beekeeper
Some myth busting about the Asian Giant Hornet & why it could potentially cause a lot of harm to the honey bee population. Then, I talk about all the dumb things I've done over the years as a beekeeper - why wearing fuzzy pants is a bad idea, how being a cheap beekeeper has led to a lot of these problems & why I've had to pull over on the side of a highway to let bees out of my car. If you're just getting started keeping bees or are thinking about it, I hope these stories encourage you to not take it too seriously and have fun. Everyone makes mistakes and I've probably made more than the average person.
20 minutes | 10 months ago
Why Beekeeping is the Ultimate Hobby for Self-sufficiency
People are running to the store to stock up on food and other necessities, but what are they doing to become more self-sufficient? With just the five products you can harvest from a beehive, you can produce a sweetener, cough medicine, lotion, an immune boosting elixir, and protein-rich food. You can also create your own wood stain and furniture protector and make fabric water resistant. In this episode, I talk about the many things you can do with the products harvested from the beehive and why beekeeping is one of the best hobbies for those who want to be more self-sufficient.
21 minutes | 10 months ago
Royal Jelly - Is it Really the Fountain of Youth?
Royal Jelly! What an amazing substance, or so they say. It can help with fertility, it can lower cholesterol, it adds collagen to your face and is a supplement that boosts your immune and gives you energy!! BUT, it's also harvested by killing baby queen bees. Is this substance ethical? You decide for yourself. In this episode I talk about what royal jelly is, how it's harvested, its uses, how expensive it is and what's in it. I'll also give my take on whether I think it is ethical or not. Lastly, I'll talk about whether it's what's IN royal jelly that makes a queen live so long and be fertile OR if it's something the worker bees are doing that causes infertility. Some scientists have recently changed their theory. Ready to keep bees & harvest honey right in your own backyard? Our online beekeeping course takes you through the process of starting your first hive and keeping happy, healthy honey bees. Learn more and enroll at BeekeepingMadeSimple.com. Use promo code PODCAST at checkout for 20% off!
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