Category Archive: Journal

Feb 06

Winter Weather?

I’m not really sure if Winter is here or not.  So far this year  we’ve had 0 degree weather followed by temperatures in the high 60s.  Then snow, temperatures in the teens and sustained 40-50 mile winds.  Followed by 50′s, thunderstorms and significant flooding.   And it looks like it will be snowing and in the …

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Nov 29

Last Mowing of the Season

It’s getting quite late in the year for mowing lawns, but I’ve been putting it off for several weeks waiting for the leaves to fall so they would be mulched up.  Of course most have fallen a fe weeks ago and I couldn’t even use the ‘bee work’ excuse as to why it hasn’t been …

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Nov 02

October is Here!

Bees at a hive entrance

Frost has been on the ground the past couple of mornings and the trees are turning from green to gold and red.  Not a hard freeze yet, but enough to kill the more delicate plants and some trees have only just started changing color.  At least it looks and feels like the the beginning to …

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Oct 23

Small hive beetles.

Small Hive Beetle front

Small hive beetles are another one of those pests imported into the US (discovered in 1998).  While they can be a serious problem  in the Southeastern US, making a fermenting mess of the comb in the hive, they have yet to cause serious problems for most here in Ohio.  No one I’ve talked to has …

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Oct 22

North Central Queen Assembly

I had the opportunity last weekend to attend the North Central Queen Assembly held in Troy, Ohio.   It was entitled ‘Selecting and Rearing Your Own Queens’, which did make me think the information was going to be rather introductory and basic and that I wouldn’t get all that much out of it.  It’s the downside …

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Oct 21

Another beautiful day.

Honeybee collecting propolis

Still incredibly good weather for this month.  There isn’t much left for the bees to work as the goldenrod has finished blooming and is going to seed, and just about everything else left is drying up.  Strangely, the bees don’t seem to be too interested in robbing as I would expect in such a dearth.  …

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Oct 18

Is Fall Here Yet?

It’s hard to believe by looking outside that it’s well into Fall and bee season should basically be over.  But the temperatures are still in the upper 60′s and into the 70′s with no chance of frost yet in the 10 day forecast.  What a huge change from last year with it’s cool wet weather …

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Aug 15

Harvesting Time

Over the past couple week the weather has been very hot an humid and generally very little wind.  It’s been unpleasant to do just about anything as you break out in a heavy sweat doing anything more than sitting still in front of the fan.  The bees thought so too and spent a great deal …

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Jun 19

I quit, sort of…

I quit my job.  I never really thought that after 12 years at Kohli & Kaliher Associates I’d be doing anything else unless I could afford to do beekeeping full time.  But I had a good offer from a company I did some freelance programming work for over the past several years and could …

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May 25

Unintentional 2 Queen Hives

2 Queens in one hive.

One of my goals this year, among others, is to have all my queens marked.  So in the course of routine inspections I’ve been making an attempt to find the queen and mark her, because it is much easier to find them now than later in the season when their population is much higher. (or …

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