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August Tips

This year (2022), August started out in the 60-degree range in East Jefferson County, WA, and by mid-month was in the 70s, up to 86 degrees or so. Swarming from overcrowded and overflowing honey bee...

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July Tips

In our area, summer weather often doesn't arrive until July 5--just a few hours too late for the July 4th fireworks show to be visible through the final rainstorm or low clouds of "June-uary." But...

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June Tips

June brings many colorful flowers to our gardens, with sweet nectar and protein-rich pollen for bees. June can also mark the beginning of the honeyflow in the Pacific Northwest toward the end...

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May Tips

May is a busy and critical month for beekeepers in our area.  New packages, “nucs,” and queens ordered for the spring arrive, cherry and apple trees start the month in glorious bloom, and the...

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April Tips

Aaaaah, April! My fantasy is that older bees have been telling fantastic stories all winter to their younger kin about vast clouds of white plum and apple blossoms and fields of golden dandelions to...

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March Tips

This March came in like a lion, roaring with ferocious winds along the coasts and new snow on the mountains. Nonetheless, the crocuses and jonquils that began to peek out from winter-drenched beds by...