Start Smart With Honey Bees

Tips for Beginning Beekeepers

Foraging bees
General Beekeeping

Summer Nectar Dearth
(What To Do)

A nectar dearth can occur any time that plants slow down production of their sugary, sweet liquid needed for making honey. Learn to recognize and deal with it.

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Bear attached hive
General Beekeeping

13 Mistakes New Beekeepers Make

Beekeepers at all levels of experience make mistakes. As a newbie though you’ll probably be more prone to some of them. Here’s a list to help you avoid some of them (including our own foul-ups).

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Bee Bus package installation
General Beekeeping

How To Install Bees In A New Hive

It’s spring and your new bees are ordered. Now you need to know how to install your bees and start prepping for their arrival. Here’s what to do with your nuc or bee package.

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General Beekeeping

Beekeeper Terms: 12 To Know Upfront

We’ve added a glossary to our site to help you learn some beekeeper terminology. As a new beekeeper, let’s go over 12 beekeeping terms you should know from the outset.

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10 frame hives with 2 deeps
Beekeeping Equipment

Where To Place A Beehive

Before your new equipment arrives, think about where you’re going to set up your bees. Here’s are some things you should consider when setting up your bee yard.

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About Us

Melanie and Jim

I’m Melanie Howard. My husband, Jim, and I want to share with you everything we’ve learned about beekeeping since we were newbies 6 years ago. Maybe the the ups and downs we’ve experienced can help you along the way.

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