How to prepare bees to withstand a cold Minnesota winter. Do you wrap them? What about quilt boxes, candy boards, food and sugar, mouse guards? All of this and more are discussed.
We started out using frame feeders to feed our honey bees. Our logic was this: in-frame feeding reduces robbing and the they came with our initial colony, so why not. Well....hundreds and thousands of dead bees later, we needed another option. We tried all sorts of bee preservers and floats but whether it was cork … Continue reading Ultimate (and FREE) Solution to feeding honey bees without causing drowning or death using mushrooms and pine needles
Keep Ants out of Your beehives without chemicals or moats
Building our farm has brought many unexpected challenges. It's been dirty, difficult, dangerous and expensive. It's easy to idealize the quaint little old fashioned farm - chickens roaming, bees humming, apples drooping - but there's another side to that story: For the last five years we've had an ongoing battle with 3 monsters. Poison ivy, … Continue reading How we Keep Deer Flies and Horse flies from biting – NO Chemicals
Black Eyed Susan are included in almost every pollinator seed mix - and for good reason! They are a joyful, reliable plant that can be counted on to germinate in almost every soil and climate. They flower quickly, return each year, and reseed themselves. Planting Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Hirta) Seeds Black Eyed Susan will … Continue reading Black Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia Hirta): Collecting & Planting Seeds