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What happens when you take a professional Fishing Guide, pair him with a Master Beekeeper, and throw in some Texas Red Headed Mutt Honeybees? Well, we are about to find out! Ken Milam, host of The Great Outdoors & Sunday Sportsman radio shows, and professional fishing guide, has decided that he thinks he’d like to start keeping bees. Problem is, he has absolutely no idea where to start. Enter John Swan, owner of Wicked Bee, and a Texas Master Beekeeper. Together they are going to embark on a ...
 
A NEW Beekeeping Podcast with a global perspective. Honeybee keepers, farmers and scientists love talking about bees and honey production and their audience will be intrigued by this hidden, female led, democracy producing one of the most ancient of sweet treats. What most bee keepers don’t talk about is their personal journey to mindfulness, reinvention or business success. In an increasingly stressful world where we are all looking to improve our sustainability, lighten our footprint and r ...
 
Established in 2009. If you want to learn about beekeeping this is the show for you. It's been described by many as fun and informative. Hosts Gary and Margaret from New Zealand share tips, interviews and news about beekeeping. We discuss ways to bee more successful with your bees, get a sweet honey crop and keep your bees healthy. Please give us a listen.
 
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Shortly after I started my apiary I spotted a big piece in a national newspaper about the awards The Scottish Bee Company was winning for their honey and their discovery that Scottish honey contains 10 times more manganese than rivals across the globe. I had to know more and immediately searched for their social media. Following a hugely successful…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 156 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: What a difference a week makes, temperatures of 20 degrees celsius have given way to days barely above freezing. Stay tuned for updates on how this is affecting my colonies and why the number 35 is so important to our honeybees. Hon…
 
In this episode, John discusses the concept of excess drawn wax comb creating a hoarding desire in the bees. This is where generating extra drawn frames during your first two to three years of beekeeping starts to come back into play and can allow you to greatly increase your honey harvest. Keep in mind though, the tactics discussed in this episode…
 
In Part Three of our five-part Hive Types Series, we talk with Colorado Master Beekeeper and columnist Tina Sebestyen about the Long or Horizontal Langstroth. Horizontal hives are very much like the traditional Langstroth hives, which are vertical stacks of boxes, except horizontal hives are only one box high and about three boxes long. The very be…
 
[BOOKMARK...plus a tip on bees vs calendars] In the full episode: Back in Episode 66 (another Patron-exclusive podcast) we covered how to make a "Nucleus Split" according to the recipe over at The Apiarist blog. The Nucleus Split has been my split of choice this particular Spring. Most times it goes swimmingly! Other times, split gets real. ;-) Eit…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 155 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: What a difference a week makes, temperatures of 20 degrees celsius have given way to days barely above freezing. Stay tuned for updates on how this is affecting my colonies and why the number 35 is so important to our honeybees. Hon…
 
Now I don’t want to stereotype here but you may have noticed I’m Scottish. And we Scots love a tipple. So when I found out about The Apiarist Gin I just had to know more. Who are these clever people that have married two of my favourite things.. Gin & Honey! Then when I started to do a little more research and my husband found out they had branched…
 
In our third installment of the Natural Beekeeping Corner, Nathalie walks us through the differences between commercial beekeeping practices vs the urban backyard beekeeper. She also covers the benefits of local genetics of bees vs imported genetics, as well as how to do sustainable splits of your existing colonies using the two into three method.…
 
In this special edition of The Hive Jive, John takes us through the history of “Telling the Bees.” For centuries, cultures the world round have had their version of telling the bees about significant life events within their family. Most times, this act especially applied to notifying the bees of a death within the family. However, bees were also t…
 
We continue with our five-part series on hive types other than the standard Langstroth, with Christy Hemenway. Christy has been working with top bar hives for just over 14 years now and has developed a good sense of how they work. She started out liking them because – It’s all about the wax – clean wax was important to her and top bar hives produce…
 
Texas-based US Marine veteran Steve Jiminez and a small team started the originally US-based charity Hives For Heroes in 2018. After being introduced to beekeeping through a friend Steve realised the positive effect the practice of tending to hives and time in the apiary had on the personal issues he was dealing with since leaving active service an…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 154 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: A beautifully sunny Spring day sat in the apiary musing about records, first inspections and general beekeeping "stuff". Honey Paw Hives - Poly Langstroth Hives Designed by Beekeepers, for Beekeepers Zukan Bee Feeds - Apipasta Fonda…
 
Ever been in the situation where you desperately need to find a queen in order to do a split or because you are trying to re-queen a colony and you need her gone, but can’t find her no matter how hard you try? Well in this episode John details a few hail-Mary tricks that you can use if you absolutely must find an elusive queen who has been eluding …
 
This week, we start our multi-part series on hive types other than the standard Langstroth. We start with the Flow Hive. In this episode, we talk with Stewart Anderson, who, with his son Cedar imagined and then created the Flow Hive, certainly the most cosmic jump in the technology of honey harvesting developed since the first mechanical honey extr…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 153 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: The new season is upon us and I have some great tips for beginner beekeepers about what to keep in their wash bucket. Stay tuned for more beekeeping chat and a reminder about the National Honey Monitoring Scheme. Honey Paw Hives - P…
 
Hive Record Keeping Ramble (84) Just how many ways can a person keep hive notes? As many ways as there are people keeping bees. And for some of us there may be a slightly different way every year...Hope you enjoy. How are you keeping your hive records? kind regards, Leigh --Please become a "Friend of the Podcast" on Patreon and join the folks who m…
 
This week the guys are joined by Tara Chapman of Two Hives Honey to discuss the uses of propolis. Most beekeepers have a love-hate relationship with this dark sticky substance as it gets on everything and it does not ever seem to come back off. Despite being a sticky pain for some beekeepers, hopefully we all realize the great importance that it pl…
 
Dr. Sam Ramsey is back with us again, looking at all sorts of questions than bother beekeepers, and working with smart kids and science! Sammy hasn’t not let any grass grow under his feet since he was forced to return home from his research in Thailand studying Tropilaelaps mites (Tropilaelaps clareae and T. mercedesae) so we are ready if and when …
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 152 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: Mid-March already and inspections have yet to start. It really won't be long, so here are some reminders of what to look for and a warning of the "Red Zone". Honey Paw Hives - Poly Langstroth Hives Designed by Beekeepers, for Beekee…
 
Is the buzz of the hive language or music? Beekeepers and scholars have pondered this question for centuries but my guest took this question a step further and studied the frequencies of bee buzz and matched it to musical notes.. creating orchestral music. In this episode, I'm Hive Talkin with acclaimed Australian composer and multi-instrumentalist…
 
Sometimes you might find yourself in a situation where you might need to do a split, but you don’t really want to increase your total number of full-sized colonies. Or, perhaps you often find yourself where a few of your colonies always seem to need a boost. Well, this is where the beauty of creating a Nuc as a resource hive can come in handy. Tune…
 
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Christina Grozinger, from Penn State’s Department of Entomology. Her recent research and paper of climate changes impact on honey bee survival and plant growing season has confirmed many suspicions on the long term impact these changes have on all bees, both native and honey bees. Climate change, growing degree day…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 151 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: It's March, the weather is on it's usual Spring rollercoaster and we've been planning some queen rearing for the coming season with our coaching plus group, so stay tuned to hear some of my thoughts for this season's queen rearing a…
 
In this episode I'm Hive Talkin all things flowers with Helen Rogers of Highgate Honey in North London who used her lockdown time to really observe what plants the bees were attracted to at certain times. During the last year of off and on lockdowns, like many of us, Helen and her mother Eva were unable to meet but they’d chat regularly about what …
 
Here we go! Things are starting up for real in the mountains of North Carolina. This episode is a new intro and then a discussion of inspections I shared last year with the Patreon listeners. Happy Spring! Leigh--Please become a "Friend of the Podcast" on Patreon and join the folks who make the podcasts possible! In addition to huge gratitude, you …
 
Welcome to our first episode of the beehive jive beekeeping podcast for 2021, almost live from Tracey’s garden. In between munching cake and coffee, we discuss what spring jobs we’re wrapping up, which can be summarised as cleaning stuff, making stuff and putting frames togather. Paul missed last season because he was ill but he’s back now and keen…
 
It is the first episode of April and Ken seems to be missing in action. Could it be a delayed April Fool’s day joke? John does a quick recap of the topics from the first part of this year, and touches on the key aspects to be focused on as Spring unfolds. Plus, its time for our second Natural Beekeeping corner and Nathalie breaks down the concepts …
 
In this episode, we have a return visit with Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Sven-Erik Spichiger, to see how our honey bees’ newest threat, The Giant Asian Hornet, did last season in the Pacific Northwest. The AGH was wildly sensationalized last year, picking up the moniker of “Murder Hornet”, which actually helped garner some attentio…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 150 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: The sun has disappeared, it actually snowed again, and tomorrow, I'm off to the dentist, plenty of reasons to feel nervous! Honey Paw Hives - Poly Langstroth Hives Designed by Beekeepers, for Beekeepers Zukan Bee Feeds - Apipasta Fo…
 
In this episode I'm Hive Talkin with Prof. David Evans AKA The Apiarist Blog as we attempt to understand what a honeybee swarm is, why it happens, how it happens and how we can all benefit from this amazing (and harmless) spectacular of nature. David is a Scottish based beekeeper and professor of virology currently at St Andrews University. His res…
 
Bee Season 2021 Begins!! (82) Mentioned in this episode: The Lives of Bees by Tom Seeley https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42585085-the-lives-of-bees -- Please become a "Friend of the Podcast" on Patreon and join the folks who make the podcasts possible! In addition to huge gratitude, you get: • BONUS podcast or early access episode every month! …
 
Spring is finally starting to show its beautiful face, despite the calendar stating it should have started a few weeks ago now. The flowers are finally starting to bloom, albeit not in the quantities that Central Texas has seen in Springs of the past few years. But at least the blooms are coming, and the bees are happily bringing in natural pollen …
 
Meet Matt Mulica, Senior Project Director of The Honey Bee Health Coalition a group of more than 50 organizations who have come together to implement solutions to achieve a healthy population of native and managed pollinators. These include beekeepers, growers, researchers, government agencies, agribusiness, conservation groups and production agric…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 149 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: Warmer weather and Spring is in the air, but some beekeepers will be facing some uncomfortable moments with aggressive and grumpy bees. Today, I'm going to try to help you understand why. Honey Paw Hives - Poly Langstroth Hives Desi…
 
When all around us is a whirl of change, solace can be found in an apiary and mindfulness in the company of bees. Im joined by Elizabeth Barton of Oakdale Bees. Elizabeth runs an apiary set in 4 acres of wild meadow bordering the Royal Windsor Forrest in Berkshire. In addition to producing delicious local honey and beeswax products Oakdale Bees als…
 
Ken is making plans to finally move some of his Langstroth colonies to his property located several counties away from his home apiary. But, since beekeeping is typically a weekly event at this time of year, how does one go about trying to manage a growing colony when you are several hours away and likely will not see your colonies but maybe once a…
 
John Miller is a commercial beekeeper based in Gackle, North Dakota and New Castle, California. His family has been keeping bees since 1894. Their season starts each spring when John and his sons take their bees to the almond orchards in Central California. In this episode, John gives us an update on the 2021 almond pollination. For the past three …
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 148 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: The snow has gone and temperatures are set to rise but I need you all to do something for me, don't inspect your bees this weekend, please, just sit on your hands! Honey Paw Hives - Poly Langstroth Hives Designed by Beekeepers, for …
 
Come with me as we peek under the surface of the business of honey with an insight into the beekeeping journey and working life of Sarah Wyndham Lewis who you may know as The Honey Sommelier. Sarah was introduced to the bee world by her husband Dale Gibson and together they created the London based sustainable beekeeping practice Bermondsey Street …
 
Today the guys are joined again by Steve Jimenez with Hives for Heroes to discuss all of the amazing progress the organization has made over the last year. Hives for Heroes exists to help empower veterans thru beekeeping and they have managed to grow their organization to now represent all 50 of the United States in North America. This is quite the…
 
In this episode, we invite Dan Conlon back to learn how the Russian Honey Bee Program is progressing, since now is the time to consider trying packages, nucs or queens for the coming season. Arguably, Russians are the most tested breed of honey bee in the US due to the fact that the USDA Honey Bee Genetics Lab has had a hand in the selection and br…
 
In this inaugural episode we’re Hive Talkin with Dr Jeff Pettis, President of APIMONDIA the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations and gain an insight into where beekeeping is globally. As an award winning Entomologist Dr Jeff is ideally placed to guide us through the current issues facing honeybees and pollinators world wide and advi…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 147 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: Candlemas day lets me down, we have a blast of icy weather from the East and I ponder the size of my colonies. Honey Paw Hives - Poly Langstroth Hives Designed by Beekeepers, for Beekeepers Zukan Bee Feeds - Apipasta Fondants, Apipa…
 
This might surprise you, but the answer to all of your questions is Drones. Yep! You might not have even know that you were asking a question, but the answer is still Drones. Drones are the key to a lot of crucial decisions both for a colony and a beekeeper this time of year. But how do you know when you have a sufficient number of drones to start …
 
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