Tag: Beekeeping

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Rob Long’s trip to Cuba inspired me to share with Ricochet a document I recently received concerning my maternal grandmother’s extended family. In October I saw a picture of her great-uncle on find-a-grave.com. After asking about it, I began corresponding with a woman who is his great-granddaughter (a third cousin to my mom). This John […]

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Ask the Expert: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bees

 
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You’re afraid of this enterprising little lady? Seriously?

I should start this piece with a disclaimer: As far as beekeeping goes, I am a relative expert. This is only my second year of the hobby, which makes me a solid novice. However, beekeeping is an all-or-nothing commitment in that you either work with thousands of bees, or you don’t work with any. Most people fall into the latter category, so I can comfortably venture that — even as a novice — I’ve had more exposure to bees than most non-beekeepers will have in their lifetimes. On the other hand, I know that there is at least one other beekeeper on Ricochet, and she’s been at it about ten times as long as I. So, rather than focus on truly expert points, I will focus on points that a non-beekeper might find useful, specifically ones that show that honeybees, unlike wasps or hornets, aren’t all that scary.

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So far, it has been a Wyoming winter. I’ve had to dig out twice. I’ve been caught on a major highway during a total white-out once. I’ve learned that, in direct opposition to weather reports in New England, predicted snowfall of 1 – 3 inches really means 8 – 12 inches with drifts up to […]

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