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Learn all about honey bees, beekeeping and pollination in this podcast. Discover the amazing world of honey bees and why they are so important to the health of our environment. Not just for beekeepers, this podcast is a fun and educational look at pollinators and the world of beekeeping. Hosted by Laryssa, owner of a bee farm in Hawaii who adds in her personal stories getting started keeping bees and all the mistakes she's made along the way. Continue Reading >>
Learn all about honey bees, beekeeping and pollination in this podcast. Discover the amazing world of honey bees and why they are so important to the health of our environment. Not just for beekeepers, this podcast is a fun and educational look at pollinators and the world of beekeeping. Hosted by Laryssa, owner of a bee farm in Hawaii who adds in her personal stories getting started keeping bees and all the mistakes she's made along the way. << Show Less
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Planting for Bees One of the best ways you can help the bees isn't by being a beekeeper, it's by planting food for the bees! Claire Jones, a garden designer and beekeeper, joins me on the episode where we talk about what to plant for bees, why bees need flowers and which plants will help the bees the most. Claire also explains what grows well in containers, other places you can plant flowers other than your backyard and more.
Show starts at 12:55
Help us out!
Fill out our Treatment Free Beekeeping questionnaire at https://www.beekeepingmadesimple.com/treatmentfree
Resources:
Garden Diaries Blog - https://thegardendiaries.blog/
Claire's Honey Soap Recipe - https://thegardendiaries.blog/2013/01/07/diy-soap/
National Wildlife Service Native Plant Finder - https://www.nwf.org/nativeplantfinder
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge - http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/
Claire's etsy page - https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheGardenDiaries?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=182225449
Links to all of these pages and Claire's pollinator posters can be found at https://www.beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/gardendiaries. 
Free Bee Book!
https://www.beekeepingmadesimple.com/freebeebook
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Planting for Bees One of the best ways you can help the bees isn't by being a beekeeper, it's by planting food for the bees! Claire Jones, a garden designer and beekeeper, joins me on the episode where we talk about what to plant for bees, why bees need flowers and which plants will help the bees the most. Claire also explains what grows well in containers, other places you can plant flowers other than your backyard and more.
Show starts at 12:55
Help us out!
Fill out our Treatment Free Beekeeping questionnaire at https://www.beekeepingmadesimple.com/treatmentfree
Resources:
Garden Diaries Blog - https://thegardendiaries.blog/
Claire's Honey Soap Recipe - https://thegardendiaries.blog/2013/01/07/diy-soap/
National Wildlife Service Native Plant Finder - https://www.nwf.org/nativeplantfinder
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge - http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/
Claire's etsy page - https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheGardenDiaries?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=182225449
Links to all of these pages and Claire's pollinator posters can be found at https://www.beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/gardendiaries. 
Free Bee Book!
https://www.beekeepingmadesimple.com/freebeebook
Are Africanized As Bad As They Sound? What's it like to keep Africanized bees?
Is it still fun working with bees when they're so aggressive?
Can you cross-breed Africanized bees with European bees to get a more docile bee?
 
In this episode I talk about Africanized bees and how they're different from European honey bees as well as my conversation with Laryssa, a beekeeper in Texas who keeps Africanized bees, teaches beekeeping and does numerous cutouts removing wild hives from people's homes where he doesn't know what the temper of the hive will be until he gets there.
Talk begins at 14:47.
How to Spot the queen Bee Ever have that hive with a queen that you can never find? In this episode, I talk share the queenspotting tips my former employer and 4th generation beekeeper shared with me. 
I used to give 2 beekeeping tours a day, 5 days a week for 3 years and these tips worked for me every time except twice! 
Queenspotting quiz ~ beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/queenspotting-tips
All online beekeeping classes are buy one get one free until December 27th at beekeepingmadesimple.com.
Michael Bush & the Role of the Beekeeper What are the bees trying to do and how can I help them accomplish what they're trying to do?
That's Michael's take on the role of the beekeeper. 
In this episode I talk with Michael Bush, author of The Practical Beekeeper (as well as other books), and discuss his lazy beekeeping techniques, developing an intuition with your bees, treatment free beekeeping, how he got started, bee fever and more!
Michael's website > http://bushfarms.com/bees.htm
All of his books can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Links are on his website.
Photo of Michael's beekeeping calendar > beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/michaelbush
The Life & Legacy of Eva Crane I wanted to take a break from the science of bees and beekeeping and share with you the story of one of the most well known and influential writers about beekeeping, Eva Crane.
The Eva Crane story starts at 21:45.
Randy Oliver from Scientific Beekeeping on breeding Varroa Resistant Bees, Mite Tests & More! Randy Oliver from scientificbeekeeping.com talks with me about his work breeding varroa resistant bees that are calm & gentle at his farm in CA.
We also talk about the role of the beekeeper when it comes to dealing with varroa mites, why powdered sugar won't get you as accurate of a mite test result as alcohol or dish soap and much more.
If you haven't yet, check out scientificbeekeeping.com for information about mite testing and mite treatment options.
Our Fall sale is going on now! All of our online beekeeping classes are 50% off. This our biggest sale of the year. If you'd like to keep bees this coming Spring, now is the time to start learning. Enroll at beekeepingmadesimple.com.
The Flow Hive. What it's all about and my experience using one. This is my second year using a flow hive. My first year I didn't like it, but then I figured out some tricks to harvesting that made me appreciate its convenience. Why is it so popular? Who is it definitely NOT for? What tips do I have for those with a flow hive? These are all the things I address in this episode.
 
Watch my YouTube video of how I harvest from a Flow Hive using a 5 gallon bucket at beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/flowhivetips.
 
Try our online beekeeping course risk free! Sign up today at beekeepingmadesimple.com using the coupon PODCAST for 20% off. Try it out. If you don't enjoy the class, request a refund within 60 days. No questions asked.
How to Make a Bee Hotel & Attracting Tunnel-nesting Bees There are over 19,000 different kinds of bees and 30% of them live in a tunnel or cavity. You can help these tunnel-nesting pollinators out by providing a place for them to call home. I'm not sure where the name came from, but kids these days are calling it a bee hotel. 
Making a bee hotel is a fancy way of saying you're collecting hollow tubes, putting them somewhere and leaving them alone all Spring and Summer. A bee hotel won't get you honey or beeswax, but some of the common tunnel-nesting bees like leaf cutters and mason bees are great pollinators of a lot of plants including veggies, fruits and herbs. 
In this episode I explain how to make a bee hotel, how to care for it and clean it out, and what to plant to attract some common tunnel-nesting bees.
For those of you who love bees and want to have more in your neighborhood, but aren't able to keep honeybees, this is a great alternative. It's also a wonderful project to do with kids and help them learn more about bees.
Check out our blog post about it at: beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/making-a-bee-hotel-for-solitary-bees
Here you'll see a bunch of sample bee hotels, my personal bee hotel and links to learn more about bee hotels and tunnel-nesting bees.
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What to do with old, dark comb You should take the old, dark comb out of my beehive, but then what? 
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