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Bee Diary 2012: Hiving the Packages.

Spring                                                       Bee Hiving Moon “Sometimes, you have to step outside of the person you’ve been and remember the person you were meant to be. The person you want […]

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Bee Diary: April 23rd, 2011 Hiving

Spring                                                 Waning Bee Hiving Moon The bees are in the house.  Mark and I drove out to Nature’s Nectar near Stillwater and picked up three three pound packages of Minnesota Hygienic bees.  On the way back the bees hummed in the back, a pleasant noise. Tom and Roxann came up to watch the hiving, as […]

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Bee Diary: April 18, 2001

Spring                                       Full Bee Hiving Moon My bee pick up date and time has come.  I get my gals around 2:30 pm on Saturday.  I’m mostly ready, having prepared the hive boxes and the frames on Sunday.  I need a couple of entrance reducers and a bottom board, but that’s no big deal.  I have frozen […]

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Bee Diary: April 17, 2011

Spring                                                       Full Bee Hiving Moon First full outdoor morning.  Took off all the hive boxes, cleaned every frame and the hive boxes, prepared hive boxes for the packages due next weekend.  The divide from last year’s parent colony had a lot of remaining honey, so I put four frames from it in each of two […]

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We Inch, Slowly, Toward Spring

Spring                                                                 Waxing Bee Hiving Moon Kate comes home tonight.  Yeah!  I miss her when she’s gone. I’ll follow our usual procedure and pick her up at the Loon Cafe, conveniently located at the end of the light rail service from the airport.  Makes the drive much shorter and I get a good meal in the […]

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Bee Diary March 26, 2011

Spring                                               Waning Bloodroot Moon All three colonies are dead.  I rechecked them last weekend.  I have ordered three packages of bees, the larger 3 pounds boxes, that will arrive in early April, perhaps April 9th.  Hiving the new packages takes place as soon as possible after I pick up the bees from Nature’s Nectary outside […]

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A Bee Day

Spring                                          Waxing Flower Moon The drought took a hit last night and this morning.  We had almost an inch of rain and it all fell right in the window when I needed to hive my bees.  Wouldn’t you know? Today had a bit of the comic routine to it.  I got up this morning ready […]

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