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Bees MOT

Bees MOT

Claire Waring, Editor of Beecraft magaine and author of several books on keeping bees describes a typical colony inspection – an essential part of a beekeepers job in spring. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/lighting-a-smoker/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-get-bees/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-extract-honey/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/keeping-chickens-happy-in-hot-weather/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/feeding-bees-in-winter/   You have your personal kit; you have your apiary; you have your bees. Now your real bee-keeping experience […]

Lighting a Smoker

Lighting a Smoker

Claire Waring, Editor of Beecraft magazine shows the most effective way of lighting a smoker, an essential task for the beekeeper that sounds easy, but some people find it quite difficult at first. The real test is to be able to light it and put it to one side. Properly lit, it should produce smoke […]

Beekeeper’s Calendar for 2016

Beekeeper’s Calendar for 2016

Claire Waring, Editor of Beecraft Magazine and author of the Haynes Bee Manual rounds up a calendar of jobs for the beekeeper. This is a general guide to major bee-keeping activities. The actual timings will vary according to where you live, so apply local knowledge and common sense. Get into the habit of keeping records […]

By January 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Get Bees

How to Get Bees

Editor of Beecraft Magazine and author of the Haynes Beekeeping Manual, Claire Waring, looks at how to get bees and become a real bee-keeper See also: What Equipment does beekeeping need Natural Beekeeping and Hives Making Honey   This is one of the most exciting parts of becoming a bee-keeper. You have now done all […]

By November 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Beeswax Furniture Polish

How to Make Beeswax Furniture Polish

Claire Waring, editor of Beecraft Magazine and author of The BeeKeeping Manual looks at ways of dealing with your beeswax, and how to make beeswax furniture polish and furniture cream. See also: How to Extract Honey How to Make Honey How to Make Real Soap   Although most people think bee-keepers do it for the […]

By August 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
What Equipment does a New Beekeeper Need?

What Equipment does a New Beekeeper Need?

Starting a new hobby can be challenging and daunting at the best of times! Compound that with a glossy brochure and extensive website, full of exciting new equipment, toys and accessories – well where do you start? Beekeeping is absolutely no different. You can enjoy this hobby spending an absolute minimum, or buy gadgets and […]

How to Make Honey

How to Make Honey

Claire Waring, HF contributor, author of Get Started in Beekeeping and editor of Beecraft Magazine explains how to make honey by turning your freshly extracted honey into the super smooth, soft-set honey we all adore. See Also: How to Extract Honey Making Honey Drinks Making Honey   Hopefully, you will have a honey crop that […]

Natural Beekeeping and Sunhives

Natural Beekeeping and Sunhives

The Natural Beekeeping Trust was set up in 2009 to promote a non-interventional method of husbandry to counteract recent, often man-made, disasters which have decimated bee populations around the world. They advocate the use of natural beekeeping with sunhives – a hive evolved through the study of the natural needs of the bees, not the […]

Types of Beehives

Types of Beehives

We’ve asked Claire Waring, editor of Beecraft Magazine and co-author of the Haynes Bee Manual to sum up the types of beehives available. NESTING Our honeybees, Apis mellifera, nest in cavities. In the wild they use hollow trees and dry rock cavities. Rather unusually, one has even been found in a rabbit hole! Now, bees […]

By January 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Feeding Bees in Winter

Feeding Bees in Winter

Winter presents a fresh set of challenges for the beekeeper, especially when it comes to feeding bees in Winter. Claire Waring, Editor of Beecraft Magazine and regular contributor to Home Farmer Magazine describes how to check that your bees have enough food – and what to do if they don’t. In one sense there isn’t […]

By February 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

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