Painting Woodenware

Beginners often wonder how much of their woodenware should be painted. In general, only the parts that will be exposed to weather need to be painted. Painting the interior sections is unnecessary and will likely end up causing problems if…

The Beginner Beekeeper

Three great posts about a beginning beekeeper in Mystic, Connecticut: Part One Part Two Part Three I’m going to stop by to check her hives tomorrow.  I’m eager to see how they’re doing. Even though I’ve seen it hundreds of…

A Swarm in May

One of the nice things about this time of year is that it’s pretty common to catch a wild swarm.  I leave bait hives – empty hives with a few drawn frames and a swarm lure that mimics a crucial…

Feeding Your Honeybees

It’s often necessary to feed your honeybees, and it’s essential when starting your spring packages.  This can be done easily and inexpensively with sugar syrup.  The typical recipe for spring feeding is a 1:1 ratio (by weight) of granulated sugar…