Beepods Better Beekeeping Blog

December 10, 2017
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General Strength Honey Tea Recipe

This general tea recipe can be used at any time to build up the resiliency of the colony. Will make a quantity for two 1-quart servings. Ingredients: Water (well or spring water) ½ tsp chamomile ½ tsp yarrow ½ tsp stinging nettle ½ tsp peppermint ½ tsp dandelion flowers (if available) […]
December 9, 2017
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Fall Tea Recipe

This recipe is only needed if the colony was unable to build up sufficient stores of honey for the winter! It is important to have a heavy syrup so that the bees do not have to work as hard to evaporate the water content of the tea; the feeding should […]
December 8, 2017
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Honey Tea Recipe for Building Up Nucs, Splits, Swarms, or Packages

Use this recipe to augment the growth of a colony to prolific rates to ensure that the colony can handle anything with small numbers of worker bees. Will make a quantity for two 1-quart servings. Ingredients Water (well or spring) ½ tsp. chamomile ½ tsp. yarrow ½ tsp. stinging nettle ½ […]
December 6, 2017

Top 5 Reasons Bees Don’t Survive the Winter

A big concern for beekeepers at this time of year is worrying about whether or not their hives will survive the cold winter months. There are several reasons why a hive may not make it to Spring, and many of those are preventable. Below are 5 of the most common […]
December 5, 2017
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My 3-Year-Old Daughter Loves Bees