I run Minster Honey as naturally as I can, mostly using top-bar hives, although I now have some National hives. It started out as a “there must be a better way” project but developed into a love of bees and bee crafts, thinking up different ways to improve life for honeybees in their hives and making the parts. I suppose that makes me a natural beekeeper.
I don’t aim in the blog pages to give you a blow-by-blow account of my beekeeping or life. The intention is to relate the interesting, amusing, tragic, success and failures of honey beekeeping; or would be the bees keeping of me be more accurate? Either way I hope you enjoy reading about what I do. I also hope you will enjoy some of the products of the bees, and my, labours.
As well as the obvious honey and honey & beeswax cosmetics and balms I sell, I go a bit further and I make all my top-bar (and National) hives and associated bits and bobs. I try making all of the beehive parts and I like finding ‘new’ and better? Or more economic, ways of doing things; I won’t mention the latest disasters but the latest good success is a new style open floor for a National (460X460mm) hive.
The finished article is on the left. It works well and is for sale on the products page – hive parts. The first dozen or so efforts are now warming ‘The Bakers’ wood-burning oven, another trip into purgatory getting that thing going, remind me to tell you about it one day. The current design for the floor started out when an ex partner was still with me.
I also design and make garden trellis panels that are a bit more interesting than the squares, diamonds or oblongs found in the garden centre and a good bit cheaper than the joinery stuff found on the Internet.
Posted by Drone on November 17, 2013
Winter feeding, how I do it. Part two. All this is according to what the autumn weather has thrown at me, this year the bees have been flying on most days, even yesterday 16/11/13 I saw yellow pollen coming in and we still have roses in bloom. We have had a few frosty nights but […]Read The Full Post
Posted by Drone on November 4, 2013
Winter feeding honey bees how I do it It really is true, ask two beekeepers a question and you will get five answers, at least. There is no right way or wrong way to keep honey bees, think about what you want to do before doing anything then do what you consider will be best […]Read The Full Post
Posted by Drone on September 14, 2013
Honey bee poisons. The cons! Yes, we keep up a constant noise about the latest honey bee poisons, the Neonicotinoids, we are at last reasonably certain how neonics are killing off colonies, it’s a lot more complex than shouting “insecticides are killing honey bees”. Life is rarely that simple. In the ten years or more […]Read The Full Post
Posted by Drone on September 11, 2013
Autumn Feeding With the hive inspections complete (see here) the result is all the beehive except two are going to need feeding before winter. As I keep saying, I don’t like feeding honey bees sugar syrup but they are so low on stores it is going to be a matter of life or death no […]Read The Full Post