Successful overwintering colonies is southern Michigan is challenging. Here’s what we do. Read more.
Charlotte covered early season issues for the 2015 Kalamazoo Bee School and Albion Bee School. Here’s the comprehensive handout.
The Mountain Camp Method (for emergency feeding)
In the mid-September blog, Charlotte talks about the use of a sugar ceiling for emergency feeding as described in the Mountain Camp Method. Read More.
In Charlotte’s mid-September blog posting, she discussed the possibility of combining hives for the winter. Read More.
Sweet Dreams Ladies
In her debut article for Bee Culture, Charlotte covers overwintering considerations for colonies, and mistakes she’s made.Subscriptions to the leading journal available at beeculture.com.
Pants are Overrated
Bee fever sometimes means that in your haste to capture a swarm that you may forget critical items, like pants.
Charlotte may be a queen bee, but she’s got a drone who isn’t getting kicked out come fall.
Be Careful What You Wish For
All beekeepers wish for swarms, but those swarms must come from somewhere, like from other beekeepers, or oops–from your own apiary!
Queen Bee to Bee
We need all the beekeepers (and bees) we can get. Charlotte shares a humorous account of how she’s unexpectedly found a future queen beekeeper.
A Bee in My Bonnet
Unfortunately, sometimes the expression ‘a bee in my bonnet’ is for real!
Angels with Real Wings
In a painfully open summary, Charlotte shares background on the challenging journey that turned her into a beekeeper.
Like most new-bees, Charlotte struggled with keeping the smoker lit. She believes however that she’s found a better option…
Looking for some laughs?
Dronings from a Queen Bee: The First Five Years is now available!
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