What a start to the year these first five months have been! After a Winter of building top bar hives and Warre hives in our small shop and getting our store ready for Spring, never in our wildest dreams could we have been prepared for the outpouring of orders and support we’d receive from our [...]
After an early, extreme spring warm up, the past few weeks have been very cold and wet. We even covered our tomatoes last night just in case. We have worried, hoping the bees would have enough honey reserves for the extended chill. So far, all seem well enough.
In March Matt had the [...]
Spring! Too early. At least two weeks too early as evidenced by the bustle of the bees and the grape vines at my day job. Daffodils and Crocus are long since up, and the cherries are blooming actively… in February! We have seen pollen on many bee legs for the last three weeks. It will [...]
It’s the dead of winter here in the Pacific Northwest (Oak Grove, Oregon), and the bees are buckled down waiting eagerly for the arrival of spring 2010. On Tuesday there was a freak snowstorm that brought our city to a standstill, but the bees perservered in their Warre hives as well as their horizontal top [...]
As the 2009 year winds down we are working diligently to keep up with Horizontal Top bar Hive and Warre Hive orders. We anticipate the top bar hive orders of both styles will continue increasing as the 2010 beekeeping season draws near. We’ve got our suppliers lined up in preparation for an increase in production [...]
What a year! We’ve been so busy since July that we’ve had little spare time to update the blog.
Here’s a recap of the 2009 beekeeping season at Bee Thinking: In April this year we started 8 horizontal top bar hives and 12 Warre hives throughout the Portland area as well as at three wineries: [...]
The past few weeks we’ve been slaving to finish our 170′ fence to enclose the apiary space, as well as create a safe area for our new dog — an Australian Shepherd we’re rescuing from Idaho Falls, Idaho — to romp about. This week we’ll finish the gates and we’ll finally have a beautiful space [...]
As many of you know, when my wife and I purchased our home it came with an ancient willow tree in the backyard. Shortly after moving in we had an arborist inspect it and learned that it was rotten and required removal. As they were cutting it down they found a honey bee colony inside [...]
I spent the day in wine country today doing a trap out at Cristom winery. After that I figured I should check on my 9 warre hives at the other wineries since I hadn’t seen them for a few weeks. The first 6 went swimmingly and I was making good time.
It’s been an exciting couple of months. We’re now back up to 23 hives as one of our new-found neighbors wanted to keep the swarm that showed up on their property. Fortuitously, they have the most amazing garden of all Oak Grove, Oregon, and are inclined to trade us an almost-unlimited supply of beautiful organic [...]
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