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Bee Colony Rescue Helps Promote Sustainable Farming on San Juan Island

Honey bees are an integral part of the deeply-routed heritage of agriculture in the San Juan Islands.  Farmers depend on these hard-working participants to bring residents and tourists alike a bountiful array of delicious and healthy fruits, vegetables, and honey … Continue reading

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Scales? July 23, 2012 Hive Check

Catchy heading!  Read all the way to the end to find out more…or not, since I have no idea what I saw on the back of that little bee’s thorax.  Definitely looking for input here.  Hopefully it isn’t anything that … Continue reading

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Her Highness Takes Flight!

If you read my last post, you know I discovered two queen cells in my hive and yesterday when I checked, they’d both been opened.  Without actually “bee-ing” in the hive myself, I could only surmise that my colony had … Continue reading

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July 12, 2012: Bee-wildered! Queen Cell and Deformed Wing Virus.

I am trying to check my hive at least twice a week to monitor how things are going, especially after seeing the varroa mites since installing the second package of bees and new queen.  The temperature here on the island … Continue reading

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Counting Varroa Mites

Yesterday I went out to check and see how effective my Hopguard strip is at repelling those varroa mites.  My Country Rubes screened bottom board has access at the back of the hive where I’ve placed a sheet of gridded … Continue reading

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Housekeeping, kickboxing and the marionette dance!

I was having a morning where all I wanted was to crawl back in bed and start over.  The sun wasn’t out…other “issues” looming over me…feeling rather glum like Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh! Well, I didn’t go back to … Continue reading

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Combining the hives! June 4, 2012

Yesterday I still couldn’t find the queen in the second hive.  I am just sure she flew away.  When I opened it up and looked inside, there seemed to be fewer bees than there were the day before.  I went … Continue reading

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