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Backyard Beekeeping (Video Library)

Here is a resource for those who wish to learn more about bees and beekeeping. Both natural and conventional methods of beekeeping have been included so viewers have the widest selection of information from which to choose. I will try to provided a complete summary when I have time. For now, I hope you gain as much enjoyment wandering through this library as I did while creating it.

Happy watching~

This post is a video compilation of both conventional and natural beekeeping methods. It begins with the documentary, Silence of the Bees, which covers the issues concerning “Colony Collapse Disorder”, followed by other shorter reports on the subject. We then proceed to videos on beekeeping in general. Of these videos, Dr. Keith Delaplane’s Honey Bees and Beekeeping is the most comprehensive video series covering conventional methods followed by John Lewis’ Assembling the Langstroth Bee Hive. Ken Lansing has a couple videos covering different aspects of beekeeping and preparations for making comb honey. There is an interesting part in one video where he works with a hive that is about ready to swarm. Dave’s Beekeeping for beginners is another nice short introduction. Tom Emde’s Beekeeping Basics and Jorge Gomez’ Principles of Beekeeping are both collections of short clips on various aspects of the subject.

Kirk Anderson’s Backwards Beekeepers TV videos provide an interesting and humorous introduction to the subject of natural beekeeping methods. Be sure to look at the recommended links section to find more detailed information. Mike Bush’s link is particularly informative. Throughout this post you will see beekeepers use either the traditional Langstroth bee hive (w/ wax foundation), the Top Bar bee hive where bees are allowed to draw out their own comb and decide on what natural cell size they want, or a combination of the two. Both Phil Chandler, Talon Vanhowten, and McCartney Taylor's videos cover Top Bar Hives. The section Articles and Links about Top Bar Hives provides more detailed information on the subject.

Be sure to check out the other Daily Paul member posts on the honey bee. I have included links at the end. If there is any specific information anyone would like to find, just leave a comment and I'll try to find a link for you within a few days. I'm fairly new to the subject myself, so if I can't find it, there are probably some more knowledgeable individuals here who could tell you where to look. Otherwise you can check out Organic Beekeepers on Yahoo or Beesource Beekeeping Community for the latest buzz.

Silence of the Bees
“Silence of the Bees is the first in-depth look at the search to uncover what is killing the honeybee. The filmmakers of Bees take viewers around the world to the sites of fallen hives, to high-tech labs, where scientists race to uncover clues, and even deep inside honeybee colonies. Silence of the Bees is the story of a riveting, ongoing investigation to save honeybees from dying out. The film goes beyond the unsolved mystery to tell the story of the honeybee itself, its invaluable impact on our diets and takes a look at what’s at stake if honeybees disappear.” (Youtube account for this quote is closed.)

Full Movie
Clip - "An architectural marvel"

Burt's Bees Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), Honey Bees Dying

The Mystery of the Disappearing Honeybees - Ed Levine interviews employees of Stone Barns, a working farm/restaurant, about CCD and the importance of the honey bee.

Honey Bee Documentary - “MA dissertation special report about the threats facing honeybees in the UK.”

Honey Bee - Mike Hood - Peter Kent for Science in Society interviews Mike Hood about the importance of the honey bee, CCD, and the South Carolina master beekeeper program. Through this program, people can learn to be hobby beekeepers in about eight weeks.

Backwards Beekeepers TV (beehuman.blogspot.com)
Backwards is the new forwards. ~ Kirk Anderson

The Honey Harvest
Urban Beekeeping
Hive War
Treasure In A Swarm Trap
Swarm capture and hive rescue
Smoker and Hive Basics
Bee Housekeeping
How To Make Starter Strips
The ShopVac Bees (How to do a Cut-Out)

Additional Clips
News: Backwards Beekeeping
Urban Beekeeper - Katie Evarts of Annenberg News
An Interview with Kirk Anderson
Kirk opens up a swarm trap and finds perfectly round comb
Kirk does a cut out of a hive that was inside a tall planter
Transferring bees to a new hive
Backwards Beekeepers TV: Coming Next

Recommended links
About Kirk Anderson
Organic Beekeepers on Yahoo
Bush Bees - Beekeeping Naturally - Michael Bush
Bush Bees - Lazy Beekeeping
Ed & Dee Lusby - “Natural small-cell beekeeping”
Charles Martin Simon - “Beekeeping Backwards”

Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary - Dr. Keith Delaplane, Assistant Professor of Entomology (extension entomologist and honeybee specialist, University of Georgia

“A Year in the Life of an Apiary. Honey Bees & Beekeeping is an eight episode video series and companion book designed to teach novices the basics of beekeeping and to give more experienced beekeepers expanded knowledge. Eight 30-minute episodes on two VHS tapes trace the development of ten honey bee colonies from start-up through a complete year of management. Nationally known entomologist Keith S. Delaplane, Ph.D., is the author of the book and host of the series.” (Source)

1.1: A Year in the Life of an Apiary
1.2: A Year in the Life of an Apiary
1.3: A Year in the Life of an Apiary
2.1: Bee Biology and Equipment
2.2: Recieving and Installing Package Bees
2.3: Releasing Queens
2.4: Releasing queens and stings
3.1: Things are buzzin
3.2: The brood nest
3.3: Our growing hives
3.4: Migrating our hives
4.1: Requeening
4.2: Queen Rearing
4.3: Package production beekeeping associations
5.1: Diseases and pests
5.2: Chalkbrood, sacbrood, moths, tracheal mites
5.3: Varroa mites and queenlessness
6.1: Its Harvest Time
6.2: Extracting honey
6.3: Packaging and selling honey
6.4: Commercial honey processing
7.1: Overwintering hives

Diseases and Pests - Jamie Ellis, University of Florida
Small Hive Beetles in Honey Bee Colonies
Tracheal Mite Symptoms
Tracheal mite dissection
Varroa Mite History, Distribution, and Biology

Assembling the Langstroth Bee Hive - Presented by John Lewis of The Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Ken Lansing
Windermere Farms and Apiaries - Organic farm

Bee Keeping 101: The Sweetness of God's Creation - Preparations for Making Comb Honey - 28 minutes - Click on the Windermere Farms link above to watch an additional video on how to prepare the hive for winter.

Beekeeping for beginners - Dave, who has been beekeeping for a couple of years, has put together a nice introductory video series on the subject.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7 - Swarm
Part 8 - Honey Harvest
Part 9 - Honey Harvest
Part 10 - bees, honey homesteading
Part 11 - apiary, honey, homesteading, self reliance, bees
Part 12 - Starting new hives, installing a package of bees

Beekeeping Basics
“Tom Emde is the owner and operator of Sweet Briar Honey Farms in Apopka, FL, where he cultivates locally-produced orange blossom honey. He has over 42 years of commercial beekeeping experience.”
Part 1 - How to Put on a Beekeeping Suit
Part 2 - Parts of a Beehive Box
Part 3 - Construction of Commercial Grade Honeycombs
Part 4 - How to Use a Smoker
Part 5 - Tips for Using a Smoker
Part 6 - How to Avoid Bee Stings
Part 7 - Bee Sting Treatment
Part 8 - Inspecting a Beehive
Part 9 - Parts of an Active Beehive
Part 10 - Finding the Queen Bee
Part 11 - Building an Active Beehive
Part 12 - Starting a Beehive
Part 13 - How Honey is Made
Part 14 - Healthy Beehives

Principles of Beekeeping - Free beekeeping tutorial video series
“Jorge Gomez has been a professional beekeeper for over 15 years. He currently cares for many bee hives in the Austin area.”
Part 1 - How to smoke bees
Part 2 - Where to Place a Bee Hive
Part 3 - How to Use a Bee Smoker
Part 4 - Beekeeping Equipment
Part 5 - The Best Bee Sting Remedy
Part 6 - Feeding Kept Bees
Part 7 - Beekeeping safety
Part 8 - Moving bee hives
Part 9 - Bee hive removal
Part 10 - How to Use a Queen Bee Excluder
Part 11 - How to Wear a Bee Veil
Part 12 - Bee hive construction
Part 13 - Beekeeping & Starting a Brood
Part 14 - Harvesting Honey From a Bee Hive
Part 15 - Honey Bee Queens

Philip Chandler & Top Bar Hives - (biobees.com)
“The Barefoot Beekeeper is a revolutionary book about chemical free, sustainable beekeeping, showing how it can be simple and accessible to all, including individuals with physical limitations. Unlike many methods, with this approach there is no heavy lifting involved.

Phil Chandler strips away all unnecessary complication and confusion, demonstrating that ‘modern’ beekeeping methods are largely to blame for the poor state of health in honeybee populations and that the commercialization of beekeeping marked the noticeable increase in disease and parasite problems honeybees have been trying to overcome ever since.” The Barefoot Beekeeper

Is the BBKA too close to Bayer? - “British beekeeper Philip Chandler discusses the cozy relationship between the British Beekeepers' Association and pesticide manufacturer Bayer.”
Top Bar Hive: Explaining the Depth
Top Bar Hive: Explaining the Build Up Period
Top Bar Hive: Explaining The Length
Moving bees from frames to a top bar hive
How to convert from frames to a top bar hive - part 1
How to convert from frames to a top bar hive - part 2
How to Catch a Swarm of Bees
Bottomless Beekeeping!
How to do a quick check on a top bar hive
Two queens in one hive!
Top Bar Hive: Chop and Crop
Helping bees defend their colony against wasps

How To Build a Kenyan Top Bar Hive (KTBH) - Dave’s Bees Videos
Part 1 - Top Bars
Part 2 - Follower Boards
Part 3 - Legs and Hive Ends
Part 4 - Drill Legs and Attach Ends
Part 5 - Finish Hive and Attach Legs
Part 6 - Lid

Articles and Links about Top Bar Hives
Top Bar Hive Beekeeping: An Alternative to Conventional Beekeeping - James D. Satterfield
Toward an Appropriate Beehive - by Marty Hardison
Top Bar Hives: A perfect hive for natural beekeepers - Dennis Murrell
Jimmy Mahuron Builds a Kenya Top Bar Hive

Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives - with Talon Vanhowten, Robert Sturm, & Les Crowder
Bee Top bar Superorganism
Starting a New Bee Colony
bee harvest
queen bee
Rescue Beekeeping

Learning Beekeeping - McCartney Taylor
Swarms = Free Bees: Preparing for Swarm Season - Article

Cutting out Swarms from Bait Hives
Beekeeping 101 - Swarm Traps and Bait Hives
How to build a Bait Hive / Swarm Trap and get Free Bees
Extracting a Hive from a Swarm Trap - “Moving a hive from a swarm trap to a Langstroth Hive”

Bee Swarm Capture and Honey Raid
Bee Removal Tutorial - How to do a Cutout 101

How to Cut Comb Honey
Honey harvest Tutorial - Crush and Strain - Part 1, Part 2

Building your Top Bar Hive
Building Top Bars - Part 1, Part 2

Learning Top Bar Hive Beekeeping - Fixing Comb - Part 1, Part 2
Learning Top Bar Hive Beekeeping - Pests - Part 1, Part 2

Bee Lining - An introduction
Solar Wax Melters
Advanced Beekeeping - How to build a Tube Bee Vacuum

Recommended link
Methods of Trapping Feral Swarms

Top Bar Hive in Utah - Guy from city suburb in Utah presents good quality video footage of natural comb on his top bar hive.
How to install bees in a top bar hive
3 hrs later removing package from hive
Top Bar Beehive Inspection
Top bar hive full of bees
two top bar hives
Making straight comb and manipulating your top bar hive
Processing honey

Other Beekeeping Examples
Beekeeping the Natural Way (OJ Blount) Part 1, Part 2
OJ Blount's Modified & Customized Beehive Assembly

The Best Way to Set Up a Bee Hive - Katie and Doug Vincent of beekind.com - Sebastopol. CA

Beekeeping with Bobby Cagle - “Bobby Cagle from Chattanooga, Tennessee talks about his beekeeping hobby with Don Welch.”

Honey Pacifica: The Beekeeper's Life, The Raw Unheated Honey Process

Queen Bee arrives in Albuquerque - “A most exciting and instructive bee package installation into a kenyan top bar hive.”

NYC Beekeeper - “David Graves tends to half a million bees on the rooftops of New York City.”

Urban Beekeeping on a Washington, DC hotel - Wyatt Andrews of CBS News reports

FOOD CURATED: Brooklyn's Urban Beekeepers

Urban Beekeeping - London

Urban beekeepers hope to halt British decline - A short report on the decline of bee populations as well as the rise of amateur urban beekeepers such as Jonathan Harris.

Urban solution to honey bee decline - “Barbara Serra reports from London.”

The (Bee) Hives of London - Amy Guttman of CBS News reports on growing interest in beekeeping in London.

Beekeeping In London - “German TV feature on urban beekeeping in London UK. Focussing on a small honey producer.”

50,000 Bees reside on roof of Fairmont Royal York Hotel - Lucy Izon reports on urban beekeeping in decade old rooftop herb garden.

The Buzz on Urban Beekeeping - Garfield Park beekeeping instructor, Julio Tuma, talks about keeping bees in the city.

Bees and Beekeeping for Honey in Your Backyard - Beekeeper Rick Kennedy of Fernie Mountain Honey

Father shows his new beekeeping hobby to his son

San Franciso's Urban Beekeeping Movement Takes Off - “NBC Bay Area News story on how everyday San Franciscans are suiting up in bee suits and installing bee hives on the roofs, backyards and in parks. It's all part of a growing urban beekeeping movement.”

Backyard bees June 20 2010 - “Urban beekeeping in downtown Toronto, Canada! This movie was shot about two weeks after the bees arrived. The hive started as a colony of about 10,000 with their queen, in one "brood box". Our beekeeper quickly added another box to make room for more brood and some honey.”
Backyard bees July 11 2010 - “These bees have now been in this yard for five weeks. The hive has already doubled in size! After recently adding one then another "upper" boxes, our beekeeper is checking to see their progress, to make sure they have enough room to keep storing honey, and to make more bees.”

Honey Bees - Life Cycle - "The life cycle of a honey bee is presented as an example of complete metamorphosis, the development of an insect from egg to larva, then pupa, then adult."

Honey Bee - The Golden Insect (Apis - Mellifera) - “The Golden Insect is a short Documentary about this marvelous insect scientifically named (Apis - Mellifera) Apis is Latin for Bee - Mellifera is Greek for to bring Honey, or as is commonly known today as Honey Bee.
It was shot in 1986 with the help of students from KvB College in Sydney Australia.”

Products of the Bee
Articles by Dr. Mercola
Honey as Medicine is Making a Comeback
The Healing Properties of Raw Honey
The Use of Bee Pollen as a Superfood
This Bee Product Has Enormous Benefits for Your Health - Bee propolis
The Wonderful Benefits of Bee Venom on RA - Apitherapy
Bee Venom Therapy Anti-Arthritic Anti-Carcinogenic

CC Pollen Company - High Desert Beehive Products
The Story of Bee Pollen
The Royal Jelly Story
The Bee Propolis Story

John Plute
Harvesting Bee Pollen Traps
Harvesting Propolis Traps

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Excellent DP post on beekeeping!

Like with most subjects, instead of just googling, I search the DP!

Thank you so much for posting this information. I want to look it over much more and hopefully I will find the answer to what is truly the dirt cheapest way of getting started beekeeping as NOW is the time to buy bees from what I understand, equipment, etc. if one wants to begin this spring. But I really hope I can find maybe used stuff on C-list and just get going cheap...

Other obstacle and probably first is to make sure the neighbors don't mind I guess. If you can do this with children, is it really something that neighbors will be effected by?

I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war. Ps 120:7
Better to be divided by truth than united in error.
"I am the door." -Jesus Christ

Posts like this is what I think Mayor Nystrom wants to see more

of. Bring your interests to this site because this place is loaded with the best of the best anywhere on the planet. (Some worst of the worst too...:)

I have a real interest in bees, and chickens, two things that are probably going to need neighbor support too. I guess I can bribe them with fresh eggs and honey!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Glad you like it ~ *Edit*

It's been a while since I've gone through the videos, but if I remember correctly, some localities allow hives and others are more strict. I think some places even have rules on how near the closest hive can be. Maybe talk to local beekeeping organizations to see how they deal with their neighbors and what the rules are in the community. Also, I remember one video saying that you can place the hive so that the bees flight path from hive to pollen source doesn't intersect with areas with a good amount of human traffic.

You probably want to be careful about buying used equipment in case it's contaminated. You wouldn't want to infect your new hive with a disease from the previous owners hive. Also, wax foundation that has been melted down and reused may have built up pesticide residues over time from previous uses.

This is a incomplete list. Just a few things off the top of my mind.

Thanks for the friendly reply!

I needed the reminder to go back over this and thanks for the tips as well stillwater.

bee seeing ya, Lord willing : )

I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war. Ps 120:7
Better to be divided by truth than united in error.
"I am the door." -Jesus Christ

If start-up expenses...

are keeping you from beekeeping, you might want to start out with a top bar hive. They are probably the least expensive to build, though they are not very portable and probably produce less honey. On the plus side, you can remove individual honeycombs separately so you don't hurt your back trying to lift a heavy langstroth hive super.

Re this amazing honeybee post

(and others!), stillwater is the greatest. The noted NATURE documentary Silence of the Bees was the eyeopener for me. I bought a copy from PBS and started loaning it out.

I'd like to add a couple resources here. First, Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary. https://spikenardfarm.org/the-bees/bee-gallery/
FYI, "natural beekeeping" was covered in a biodynamics course I took at the Pfeiffer Center (NY), founded by Gunther Hauk, who went on to found Spikenard Farm (VA). At the time I took the course, Hudson Valley's "bee doctor," Chris Harp, taught the beekeeping section. Anyway, those hives don't suffer from diseases plaguing so many others. (See To Bee or Not To Bee, posted here at the DP.) Second, the book Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, by Ross Conrad.

Btw, a friend who started a hive spoke with neighbors and let them know that honeybees would only help their flower & vegetable gardens to thrive. P.S. Natural beekeeping, a gentler method, seems to breed gentler bees. Note the "beekeeper's suit" worn by Chris Harp. :) http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130...

Good luck!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I just fixed the

link for the "Silence of the Bees" documentary. This is the original "full version" I used when I created the post and is my favorite. The introduction and quality of the video is better that the other full versions I've seen elsewhere. I also added a clip about honeybee architecture.

Full Movie
Clip - "An architectural marvel"

Stillwater what is this?

Is this your own compilation?

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.


One of my earlier posts...

All of these earlier video libraries were practice which lead up to the creation of the alternative cancer therapies video library. :)

OK so it's "out there"

Would you by any chance like a spot to host this more "permanently"?

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

I'm content to

just post things on the Daily Paul for the time being, but I appreciate the offer Smudge Pot~

Wow! this is a ton of info.

Wow! this is a ton of info.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

Bump for bee keeping


"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Backyard Beekeeping

By the time I finished writing my reply to Ira Freeman's request for bee info, your reply was there, bringing me here. This post is from before I arrived here at the DP. I think we need a T-of-C or something! I still wouldn't know it was here but for noticing the new book that went up on the DP bookshelf, i.e., beesting's reply.

Are you a beekeeper? I'm not, though maybe one day. :) My interest developed via the biodynamics course. It covered practical aspects of beekeeping and also the current crisis (as reflected in a poem that I posted http://www.dailypaul.com/281864/to-bee-or-not-to-bee ). At the time I also read Rudolf Steiner's book (actually lecture series), titled "Bees." Back in 1923, he predicted the decline we're experiencing today; already back then they'd started messing with queens. Progress! insisted a beekeeper in the audience. Steiner's tongue-in-cheek reply was to suggest the two of them meet again in 50 years to see who'd been right.

You're too much stillwater, compiling three comprehensive libraries for DP members (three I'm aware of!): Alternative Cancer Treatments, Permaculture, and also Beekeeping. Thanks again.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I"m not a beekeeper

but it's something I would love to do someday. Just for pure enjoyment, this had to be one of my favorite posts to create. There's some much life in some of these videos. Very refreshing... at least for me.

Here is probably one of my favorite videos on the post just because this guy, of Backwards Beekeeping, makes me laugh every time I watch this video. He has a very contagious laugh. :D

What does "T-of-C" mean? I've never heard the term before.

Anyways, if your interested, I have eight video libraries (not including the unfinished documentaries one which really isn't comprehensive about anything).

You can find them by clicking on my username and clicking on the "(All)" link by "Recent posts". Then just do a word search for the term "library".

Alternatively, you can find four of them on the DP bookmark list.

Yeah, he's got a great laugh. :)

I was reminded of the biodynamics course I took. The beekeeper smoked the hive not with anything toxic or that would burn the bees' throats but just dried plant leaves (non-poisonous sumac). They flew out of the hive but weren't agressive at all. Without wearing any special gear, the class was able to get up close to inspect the hive. It was truly awesome.

I can't wait to go through these beekeeping resources. I'm sure I'll enjoy them as much as I'm enjoying the permaculture videos I've been watching.

I'll do the word search on your home page to check out the other video libraries. Eight? Amazing. Btw, when I said we needed a T-of-C here, that was just my shorthand way of writing Table of Contents.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I actually went back

and added the table of contents to many of my older posts earlier this year I think... or was it last year?.. I forget. :) At the time, when I looked at this post the divisions didn't seem so clear to me but looking at it again the current headings may be sufficient to include in a table of contents. I'll put it on my "to do" list to revisit some time.

For Table of Contents, I wasn't suggesting

you do more work on your posts! I was talking about a Table of Contents for the various DP forum categories. I've clicked on the Gardening & Homesteading forum, but you just get this very long chronological list. The amount of information is unwieldy. Even if the forums were just broken down into a few different sub-categories it would make it easier to find something that might be of interest. I'm just glad that Ira asked what he did such that inspired someone to post that beekeeping book that I happened to notice on the bookshelf. Well, I'm fading fast here. Time to dream...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Oh, ok.

I see what you mean. That would be a lot of posts to split up into different sub-categories. Unless they kept the general gardening category for all the older posts and created a few sub-categories for the new ones going forward. I'm not sure what complications they have to deal with behind the scenes... moving misplaced posts into the correct categories, etc.

hey bee farmer go check out

hey bee farmer go check out the post i just put up called is genetic engineering being suppressed by the globalists. its short talks about bee population decline.

I am now the proud owner of...

2 new bee hives. Bought the materials and assembled ourselves (wife & son helped). The other kids will have to paint them. I'll be ready for the bees in the spring time, and hope to have lots of fruit growing by then. Blueberries are first on the list, to be followed by grapes, asparagus, and various fruit trees -- whatever will grow in southernmost GA.

Any other DP'ers out there who are beekeepers?

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

first year beekeeper here

Got two hives in the spring. One made it and one died. I made some basic mistakes, but that's how you learn. The freaking small hive beetles are out of control around here.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Glad to hear it~

I have to admit, I've been kind of curious about how things were working out for you. Here are a few links that might help answer some of your questions about bee forage.

Dr. Keith Delaplane is currently the program director for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program. He provides some good information about Bees, Beekeeping, and Pollination on their website.

Here are a few links you might want to start with first.
Establishing a Bee Pasture
Plants for Year-round Bee Forage - "This is an incomplete list of both wild and commercially-available plants that are important sources of pollen and nectar for bees in the South."
Managing Bees for Pollination
Pollination: References

Books, Videos, and Supplies
Crop Pollination by Bees - Book by Dr. Keith Delaplane

the GA website is awesome...

I noticed I already have lots of plants on the list-- goldenrod is all over the place, lots of blackberry, etc. I noticed "Colorado River Hemp" on the list... as soon as hemp is legalized I'll have a good 20-30 acres of that!

Thanks for the dialog still... I know I could sift through that mountain of info you provided, but it's much more efficient to have somebody point out the important stuff.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

Sounds like

your bees will have a nice selection of plants to choose from. Hopefully, some preferred plant species will always be in bloom for your bees to forage. It will be interesting to see what happens with the whole "legalization of hemp" situation. Talk about a versatile crop...

Glad to help with the sifting BugMan. I imagine that there will be some others here who will need some of this info in the future as well. You can be one of the trailblazers that help work out some of the practical details for the rest of us. :D

Any hoping to be self sufficient on their land...

should be thinking about beekeeping. I'll be attending another workshop in a couple of weeks and will share anything I can, but 'beesting' is our only known resident expert so far. I anybody watches/reads all of the info that you have linked too, they'll have a damn good grasp on it!

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

Hello BugMan !

I was a commercial beekeeper for about 20 years.
Believe it or not Honeybees are picky when it comes to working the flowers.
I don't think grapes or asparagus flowers appeal to Honeybees.

Most fruit trees do attract bees, if the weather cooperates, spring time when flowers bloom, the weather is very spotty.
Honeybees need about 50 degree, and above temps to fly to flowers, rainy, foggy, and cold weather, will inhibit bee flight.

Good Luck !


Thanks bee...

there are tons of wildflowers around, do you think the bees will be satisfied with them until I get enough fruit trees going? Is there a good crop that grows easily that will satisfy them, like clover?

The weather in south Georgia should just fine, I'd think. Thanks for the advice! I'd love to hear more about your experience.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

Honeybees And Flowers.

Either ask other beekeepers in your area, or go to the local library and see what flowers in your area and approximately when they bloom that attract Honeybees.

There is/maybe was, a Honeybee newsletter from Jessop, Georgia that I used to subscribe too.
The editor was very knowledgeable about all aspects of beekeeping, local and national.


doing workshops

on beekeeping given by the president & vp of the FL beekeepers assoc., I'm sure they will have that info. I also understand that there are beekeeper inspectors that will come inspect your hive for a nominal fee. While that initially rubs me the wrong way (gov intervention), the workshop guy says they give valuable information and are worth the $10 or so.

thx bee...

'Cause there's a monster on the loose