Author: The Bumbling Beekeeper

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 …

Hive inspection

Getting Bees Ready for Winter

The temperatures have been down in the 30s at night so once again, it’s time to get the bees ready for winter.  There’s really not a lot to do to get the bees ready.  By now, I’ve removed any unused equipment and have been feeding as much as possible.  I’ll start adding bee fondant to …

What's Blooming Now

What’s Blooming – November through February

The weather has been dipping down into the freezing temps and there’s really not much blooming these days. At the Lazy Creek Apiary, the bees may find something of interest in the greenhouse but mostly they are staying close to home. Once the temps dropped below about 55 degrees, feeding them syrup (even heavy syrup) …

Hive inspection

Goodbye Purdue Ankle Biters

In previous posts [ here ] and [ here ], I talked about how my Purdue Ankle Biter bees like to rob from dying neighborhood hives that had been infested with varroa mites, and then would bring mites back to their hive where the virulent mites would destroy the hive. I had been doing sugar …

What's Blooming Now

What’s Blooming – October 2017

The white aster are finally in full bloom and with the recent rains, the bees seem to be bringing in nectar for their food stores. They’ve been bringing in a lot of beautiful shades of yellow pollen for the last month or so, but not much in the way of nectar so this is a …

Action, Recommendations

Protective Measures of Beehives During Hurricanes

The following message from Dr. David Tarpy at NCSU addresses keeping bees safe in the event that hurricane Irma comes your way. Hi everyone, With uncertain track of hurricane Irma, there are some important considerations for beekeepers who may be affected by the heavy rain and winds. Please further disseminate to your local network of …

What's Blooming Now

What’s Blooming – September 2017

It’s the yellow time of year so far with lots of Goldenrod, Stickweed, and the Golden Rain Trees blooming. The Golden Rain Trees won’t be blooming much longer and are already putting on their little chinese lantern looking seed pods. The 3 clovers continue to bloom and we are still seeing quite a bit of …

Tips & Tricks

Sugar Shake Reminders

Sometimes when you are getting ready to do a sugar shake, it’s hard to remember exactly how many bees you need to be sampling and what the threshold is. Bee buddy Eliza Hudson helps her students at the Montessori School out by first marking the correct measuring cup with a mark on top (this is …