I was at Mr. H’s house getting the queen graft for my top bar hive, we were about to leave when Mr. H’s wife said there was a swarm nearby where we lived. We went to the swarm call with Mr. H. When we got there, we saw the swarm in a cherry blossom tree. […]
On March 21 we did a hive. We couldn’t find the queen at first. But then we found her on the ground so we put her back into the hive and put the bars on. We went back in the about five minutes later and we found the bees balling or death cuddling Queen Elizabeth. […]
Superseding is what honeybees do when their queen is sick and can’t lay eggs right. If she is not laying eggs, they will take a larva and turn it into a queen by feeding it royal jelly longer than worker and drone bee larvae. The supersedure cells are usually in the middle of the frame. […]
My hive is doing good but it looks like the bees are getting ready to swarm. They have built queen cups that do not have eggs in them. Queen cups are round shaped cups that they build in the middle or the edge of the comb. When the bees swarm, they take the queen and […]
In the 4H District Contest, I got a purple ribbon and three blue ribbons. The 4H District Contest is a competition for 4H members in lots of different categories from presentations to egg cooking. I did a presentation on growing peppers from seeds, a Trash to Treasure project, a photo and a Craft. For my […]
For my 4H Horticulture club, I entered my rosemary plant and got second place. I won a red ribbon and a check for $9.00. The Virginia State Fair has many categories and I entered my plant into the youth herb category. My rosemary is the Tuscan Blue Rosemary.
In the picture it shows bees festooning in my top bar hive. Festooning happens when the bees build a bridge across the bars. Some people think different theories about why bees festoon. They think it could be to build comb or fix comb or to measure the space between the combs. Researchers say that they […]
In this blog post, we’ll be making carrot honey applesauce. Ingredients: 2 apples 1 carrot cinnamon stick, broken in half honey to taste Instructions: Peel the apple and skin the carrots. Slice the carrots into little pieces. Fill two different pots with water and put peeled apples in one and the carrots in another. Put […]
Now that winter is here we need to make some adjustments to our hives. We need to make sure that we can make our bees live and stay though the winter. First you need to put the bottom board in so they can keep warm. We will keep feeding our bees just in case there […]
There was a caterpillar in my herbs. I thought about sharing these photos on the blog. In the top picture you can see the string where he started a chrysalis.