Beginning Beekeeping: Checking The Hive For Varroa Mites

by Texas Homesteader ~ Beekeeping is an ever-learning endeavor. We realize there is still much to learn and we’ll learn more as time goes by. Two very important things we’ve already learned are: Each beekeeper will keep their hives differently in a way specific to their circumstances, and Varroa mites are an ever-present danger for […]

Wordless Wednesday: Heartbreaking Results of Pesticide For Beekeepers

by Texas Homesteader ~ As new beekeepers, it was heartbreaking to see hundreds of dead bees beneath our hives.  We didn’t spray pesticides to stop the advance of the Armyworms in our pastures. But someone within a 3-mile radius apparently did. Look at all the dead bees! There’s GOT to be a better way! ~TxH~ […]

Beginning Beekeeping: Obtaining Your Bees

~by Texas Homesteader ~ Last week we talked about the beekeeping preparation steps that were necessary before we ever obtained our first bees. There was lots to do: Educate ourselves on best beekeeping practices, join a local beekeeper’s association, decide where our hives will be located, prepare the location for the hives, obtain the beekeeping […]