On February 16, 2017, the NY Times ran a full length article in the Business section about the puzzling decline of our honeybee population. We’ve seen hive loss with our beehives in NJ, but the article’s focus was on large commercial beekeepers who rent their bees to farmers during crop pollination season in what has […]
My friends Ed and Mary from E&M Gold beekeepers stopped by a few weeks ago to treat the beehives with oxalic acid or wood bleach. In this bee update, Ed visits the barn and talks about the the invasive Varroa mite and how and why he uses oxalic acid to treat the hives. Here’s the […]
In this video, I take an end of season look at the beehives with professional beekeepers Ed and Mary from E&M Gold Beekeepers and get the hives ready for winter. I also review the fall vegetable garden that we planted with the help of the Park Seed Company and discuss plans for the outdoor […]
My friend Mary takes us on a tour of her apiary – or bee yard – and talks about beekeeping and her small business called E&M Gold Beekeepers. Here’s a short video, and some additional photos from the day. Check out their website: http://emgoldbeekeepers.com/ E&M Gold Beekeepers is a family owned beekeeping business, which […]
Learn how to make a solar wax melter to melt beeswax that was comes from the beehive. The wax will be used to make encaustic paint for my art projects and I might also use the melted beeswax to make wood finishing oils for furniture. Learn all the tools and tips you’ll need […]
Learn how to make a dolly with wheels, which is useful for this project of moving the beehive into a sunnier area and for many other home projects. When moving beehive, you can only move it less than 2 feet a day or more than 2 miles. If you move the hive, let’s say 10 […]
I picked up my bees today at From The Garden in Freehold, New Jersey. While I was there Drew noticed the indoor observation beehive was about to swarm. Here’s the video of the swarm: If you live in the area it’s worth a visit or check them out online at www.fromthegarden.com for local raw honey and […]
Here’s a recap video of last spring’s yard cleanup and maintenance and building out the platform for the beehive. This spring we’ll be designing and building a vegetable garden and outdoor kitchen.
Learn how to make Mouse Guards for winter storage of the beehives to prevent mice from entering. Also, watch as we harvest over 150 pounds of summer and fall honey.
Here’s a quick Q & A of the frame building video and mounting works on paper without using glass. There were a lot of questions and comments on using wood glue instead of archival glue for this project and hear thoughts on that. Also, learn to make a small hive beetle trap for the […]
Here’s a video on my bees swarming and the swarm trap I made to catch them in the future. Also, check out the two still life paintings I made that were inspired by the artists Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud. You can also see some of their famous paintings below.
It’s been really hot and dry in NJ this spring and the bees need some shade and extra water. Here’s an idea that should work well.
Here’s a video on making additional bars for the top bar beehives.
Check out progress on the top bar beehives in this video. They’re looking really good but there is one bar where the comb is growing on both sides. You’ll see a picture of that below. Would love any feedback you have about might be going on. Here’s the comb that’s growing on both sides of […]
A quick video on some shop clean organization and Q&A on the welding storage table video from last week….plus a look at the beehives. There’s a ton of activity and a lot of pollen in the air.
Here’s the shortened version of the Top Bar Beehive build. Enjoy and you can also see the expanded versions of each step of the build. ebay Store Link
Here’s Part 2 of the Top Bar Beehive build….check out the video and the design plans below. The roof is attached to the new hive and the project is completed.
The new bees arrived today (March 25th)…a little early, given the cold weather and not really ready for them yet, but here’s a video on putting the bees into the new Top Bar hives that were just built. If all goes well and they make it through the next few cold weeks, they should have […]
Here’s a how to video on building a new top bar beehive using thermally treated poplar. You can also print the complete design plans, and parts list which is posted below to build your own hive. Here are the plans and parts list: Here are some additional photos of the hive build. […]
Thanks to everyone for all of the great comments on Jon’s top bar beehive that unfortunately didn’t make it through the harsh New Jersey winter. Tons of great info, and it’s nice to see so many avid beekeepers tuning in and commenting so that’s really helpful. Here’s a video about making a simple honey […]