Adventures in BeeMore

I started my bee adventure in 2016, shadowing others, and this spring I got my 1st package. As with all new beekeepers, I have made my mistakes, but I am learning.  This site will document my journeys in beekeeping and the start up process of the BeeMore Project.

Below are photos from one of my visit to the hives in September 2016.

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First Snow…

 

So there not much to this post but I went to check on the hives early on Saturday morning. The bees were inside like expected and nothing much to report since I was the dumb one taking photos in the snow…

In my rush this week, I did not install my mouse guards or add the bee candy as planned. But, I got some work done on freezing frames from the other hives and gathering donated local wax. I will share this in another post.

With the changing of the season officially, I will start to focus on the inside aspects after finishing up the last few chores. A good thing is that the ground was still warm and this snow should melt within the next day or two. The weather report shows that it will get into the forties this week which will allow me to get these last task done, but I thought that I would share the nice snowy shots on the site.

Below are some photos of my house later in the afternoon. It snowed all day and we got a few inches of snow but we lucked out with the pavement being warm so no shoveling 🙂

Michelle

Making Candy for Winter

It seems timely to start on candy making for the bees since it is December and when I went out this morning the ground was frozen. I found a no-cook recipe on the internet that seems pretty easy. I decided against a true fondant because I am not a skilled candy maker.

Here’s what you will need:

  •  A 5-pound bag of sugar
  •  A measuring cup – 1 cup filled with water
  •  A large mixing bowl
  • A mixing spoon or spatula
  • A medium size aluminum pan
  • Optional –  Essential Oils ( I added a few drops of lemongrass, Thyne, and Peppermint oils )

Directions:

  1. Add entire bag into to large mixing bowl
  2. Measure and then pour 1 cup of water into bowl
  3. Stir and combine water and sugar (1-2 minutes)
  4. Optional: Add 10-15 drops (5 drops each into the mix) as you stir

I attempted to record some video of this process for your enjoyment. I am just adding this element to the blog and in the future, I refine these into more finished products.

 

If you have questions, contact me. I will post another blog piece on placing of these bars into the hive.

Michelle

 

Viva la Abeja! Long live the Bee!

 

Today, I was pleasantly surprised to find active bees building comb in Hive 1 at the Woodland site.  See video below:

I  only checked because I have been working on the greenhouses at Woodland for the winter season. I have been amazed by the greenhouse results so far. Below are some photos from my other project which is greenhouses. It has been exciting watching the progress.

Thanks for checking out the site and now I will be making at least two bee candy bars!

Michelle 🙂

 

Hive update – late November

The holidays took their toll on my posting habits but, I visited the hives regularly and took photos on these visit. The photos are not that exciting due to the lack of action so I posted a small collage to summarize.

Since the temperature has dropped the activity at the hives have slowed dramatically. As far as an update, I believe that the weaker hive has died out and only the second one remains. Below is some video that I took on my visit on Monday.

Over the next week, I will prepare “bee candy” for the remaining hive. Making fondant is not my specialty but, I have found some recipes that I may try so wish me luck😉☘️

My next posts will be of candy project and more detailed information on my process for wintering my equipment.

Look out for future posts on beekeeping information sessions and events that I will be hosting in Baltimore this winter.

Michelle

 

 

Visit to Real Food Farms

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Real Food Farms Sign – November 2017

This morning, I had the opportunity to visit Real Food Farms in Baltimore, MD.  They have a large campus in Clifton Park with some very healthy hives on the farm. As part of their support for the bees, they have pollinator-friendly plants around the site along with crops that grow seasonally. They also allow their bees to keep the honey so it less maintenance for the farmer/beekeepers.

Above is a photo of a sign for visitors to the site.   I think that this is a great idea so that people can ask questions and not fear the bees, in other words, “respect the bee”.

Since it was the end of the season things are moving indoors so my further photos aren’t great. But, I just wanted to share a few photos and encourage others to visit the Farm and or support their efforts.

Michelle 🙂

 

Finally, fall in Baltimore…

The “real” fall has finally arrived in early November in Baltimore. Above are some photos of the Woodland garden from this week and I was lucky enough to have some help from Sophia on Monday.

This week it has been colder than its been all year and damp. I am always commenting (rather complain about) the dampness of Maryland despite growing up in the constant humidity of Miami, when it rains here and it under 50 degrees it’s really cold to me.. So this week when the temperatures hit 42, I was freezing.

The good news was that we can retire the summer crops but, the bad news was that it meant saying goodbye to some of these plants (the last gasp of my various tomatoes). Over the last few weeks, we moved seedling into the hoop houses at Woodland and we have been preparing the moisture levels in the houses for new plant life. This my first year using hoop houses and I am excited about this project. I will share more photos of the winter oasis.

As for the bees… Not much movement for the last few days because of the dreary weather. Below are two days of photos. I fed the hives and when I thought all was calm, the guard bees on the more active hive let me know they were still around. The other hive was more docile.

Otherwise, I have been working on my indoor business activities and preparations for the winter. Hopefully, the weather does not take a turn for winter soon and the Friday freeze will be brief.

I will keep you updated!

Michelle

New Logo and update…

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I am very lucky to have a creative husband with top-notch computer skills. Thanks Hedgepeth for making me look professional. Warren will have his own site soon so be on the lookout for a link to how Warren Hedgepeth can make your life better with technology!

Hopefully, you will see more of this logo. The goal of BeeMore is to keep bees thriving in the City.

On the hive front, I checked on the hives today and they were ok but, it was a colder morning than it has been this fall so, the bees were a bit shy and you have seen enough photos of the boxes. I will add some new hive shots and fall updates this week.

Some other topics that will be bringing readers are:

  • Treatments for Pests
  • Winter Preparations
  • Removing and/or mitigating Wax Moths
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Honey Extraction and much more…

If you have questions or comments contact me. 🙂

Michelle

 

 

JHU Social Innovation Cohort

A28E3B70-62A8-4397-A2E5-443F4F111B97.jpegBeeMore has been lucky enough to be selected for the 2017-18 Johns Hopkins University Social Innovation Cohort. This year’s class has a myriad of socially conscious business endeavors in Baltimore and Internationally.

I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity and the ability learn and grow from this experience.

I will post more about this endeavor.

Michelle

 

 

Fall Feeding and new acquistions

 

So this week, I made another visit to hives at the Woodland Garden to feed the bees in preparation for the winter.  Until the weather turns, I will be going every 7-10 days to feed them. This time, I was joined by a fellow Urban Gardner Floyd who recently completed the beekeeping class in Baltimore County but, does not have any hives of his own. He was eager to see the bees up close and he was helpful in the quick feeding process. Since, I have extra suits in my car and I am helping others so, I thought it was fun to play teacher a bit.

Good news! the possibly queenless hive that I mentioned in a previous post has recovered and has crowned a queen. Thus, they seem to be building up the second box. Moreover, these bees are no longer directionless which is a good thing.

I still need to decide whether or not to combine the hives. So, I fed both hives some 2:1 feed with essential oils. I know that I going to have to a treatment in the next week so, I will post that information as well.

Below is a hive I recently acquired at the main park heights site so, I started to feed these guys on Wednesday.

 

While inspecting the hive, I noticed that the hive has wax moths so, I don’t know how long it’s going last.  The wax moth can be highly destructive and it may be affecting the brood box.

But, I got a great deal on the equipment and the hive. I will be online looking at ways to save these bees and helping them through the winter. I will also do some posting on the cleaning and preparation of the hive equipment for next year. There is some debate on whether or not to use old equipment but, these hives were neglected and recently inspected by the state so I think the equipment is worth the time and effort.

There will be posting on the cleaning and preparation of the hive equipment for next year as related to the new acquisitions. There is some debate on whether or not to use old equipment but, these hives were neglected and recently inspected by the state so I think the equipment is worth the time and effort.

Moreover, I will do a deeper dive and share more photos in the next few weeks. As for this post, I thought I would share what I have now to keep the blog up to date on the October actions and to share some new photos.

Michelle

 

 

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