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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
This weekend it hit me: the first 10 packages of bees could arrive as soon as April 4th. This Saturday! Needless to say, I was a flurry of action this weekend, installing screens, cutting plexiglass, creating roofs, cutting bottoms and completing numerous other tasks I’ve been putting off. There is a lot more work to [...]