Category Archives: Bee Craft Timely Reminders

Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 14th February 2018

Bees are still in their clusters due to the cold with no sign of a spring thaw. If you intend to treat for varroa, it can still be done on a dry, calm sunny day when you should note where in the hive the cluster is located.  Check against the potential location of stores from your notes on hefting last week. Do the stores seem to be close […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 7th February 2018

Looking at the weather forecast, if you have to travel and as soon as it is safe to do so, pay a visit to your apiary to ensure your hives are intact and the entrances are clear of snow and/or debris, the mouse guards and predator protection are intact, and finally heft to check the level of stores.

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 31st January 2018

Check your equipment and make a list of your requirements for the coming year.   There’s just over a month to go to the first trade show at Stoneleigh on 3rd March.  Suppliers will need your advance orders very soon. Buy your tickets. Plan your day and don’t forget to come along to the Bee […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 24th January 2018

No doubt you have been checking your hives are OK after the high winds, entrances free from snow/debris, and high enough to be away from any flood water in your area.   If you intend to treat your bees with oxalic acid, then you can still do this but soon. Dribble or vaporise?  See the article […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 17th January 2018

Anyone going to be in South Devon this week?   On 20 January there is a meeting taking place to discuss the current approach and potential improvements to adopt if you suspect a sighting of the Asian Hornet.  The panel will comprise Martyn Hocking of Woolacombe Asian Hornet experience, with representatives of the South England and officials […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 27th December 2017

Time to review the past year’s beekeeping and start to plan for the beekeeping year ahead.   If you’re a new beekeeper, check out our glossary of beekeeping terms on our website More experienced or just want to learn as much as possible?  Identify and study for anything you know you need to improve on and/or read up on […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 20th December 2017

Had a fall of snow with anticipation of a white Christmas?  Check to ensure the entrances are clear. Be prepared with fondant for those hives that you noted as being light last week, not forgetting to take an eke if needed, to ensure they will be as well fed as you over the coming weeks! Merry […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 13th December 2017

Did you enjoy our Bee Craft Live last evening? Missed it? Go here to watch the recording of this and all previous webinars. This week it would be good to get out in the fresh air and just check that all your colonies are upright and secure for the holiday period. Heft your hives and if you are […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 6th December 2017

Things all quiet in the apiary but hotting up at home for the Christmas period. If you intend to treat for varroa with oxalic acid when the weather is really cold and there is little or no brood, make sure you have ordered an approved product, as you could need it over Christmas/New Year/early January. […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 29th November 2017

All is well in your apiary, your equipment is on the way to being ready for next year, but before you sit back and relax, there’s a bit more to do.  Wash your beesuit using washing soda in a 60 degree wash to remove propolis. Wash your veil in a similar solution in your bath […]

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