January 31, 2020

How to become a beekeeper.

January 12, 2020

With temperatures in the lower 60’s this weekend, our bees were out foraging for pollen and nectar as if it was spring already! I’m glad I added fondant to all the hives last month as an insurance policy to prevent starvation. Warm winter weather causes them to get out of their dormant state and start flying in hopes of finding stores. With nothing in bloom yet, their efforts are wasted and they can quickl...

November 29, 2019

In the past few years, a few mycologists and entomologist have been researching how a certain type of mushroom mycelium (fungus) may have medicinal properties that help honey bees fight off viruses from the invasive Varroa Mite; which has been devastating honey bee populations world wide. Two scientist in particular, Paul Stamets, a leading mycologist and Dr. Steve Sheppard, the leading Entomologist at the...

October 27, 2019

I decided to put my video skills to work by creating a short video of some of my hives gathering fall pollen sources at one of my apiaries.  

It's been an outstanding year for our business.  We gathered 30% more honey than most years and still have five more hives to harvest from.  We doubled the amount of hives through OTS queen-rearing, and just received great news on the overall conduction of o...

July 26, 2019

It's been an exceptional beekeeping season so far!  We came out of winter with 26 hives, a 52% loss from last fall and since starting early splits using the OTS (On-the-Spot) queen rearing method, we have nearly tripled total amount of nucs and operating hives.   Like farmers, when the weather cooperates, you must make the most of the opportunity as drought or too much rain influences hive strength and hon...

July 6, 2019

On May 19, Deer Creek Apiaries hosted members of an Arundel County Girl Scout troop at one of our apiaries.  Parents and their children viewed the inner workings of a hive box, of which the troop had painted the outside of weeks earlier.  The Scouts learned about the basic elements of a hive, how bees communicate with each other, and the hierarchy of a honeybee colony.

The...