Summer vs Winter honey

How and when bees store honey alters the composition and taste. In conventional beekeeping, all the honey from the preceding season is taken in late summer/early autumn, and the bees fed a sugar syrup to replenish their stores. I don't do this. Instead, I take honey little and often through the summer and leave the … Continue reading Summer vs Winter honey

Beeswax wraps

Honeybees produce wax from glands in their abdomen, and their combs are a vitally important part of the colony's life, being a place to live, communicate and raise their young as well as store their honey and pollen supplies. It takes a tremendous amount of energy and collective work to form the wax cells, and … Continue reading Beeswax wraps

Introduction to Sustainable Beekeeping

The first course of the season was a great success with 5 attendees. It’s so interesting to hear why people want to come on the course or keep bees and interestingly, two were vegan and concerned as to the commercial beekeeping practises. Industrial farming has to make compromises in order to maintain profits but thankfully … Continue reading Introduction to Sustainable Beekeeping