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AHBIC – Australia Honey Bee Industry Council announcement

Kiwimana received an email from the Autralian Honey Bee Industry Council Received 24th June 2022Dear Valued Subscriber, On late Wednesday the 22nd of June AHBIC was made aware of the detection of [...]

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Honey I Crushed it …beehive honey wax comb extraction

Our Native Pohutakawa nicely in bloom for our Christmas and the bees loving it. ( Our bench-hives in the foreground which are currrently empty ) Here she is… … 5 storeys [...]

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AFB National American Foul Brood Pest Management PLan – Thank you. 2021

Email received from the Management Agency – just for reference purposes only we have shared with our subscribers. The Management Agency Important Messages  From the National Compliance Manager, Clifton King 2021 [...]

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Beehive has Varroa Destructor mite – why can’t I kill them ?

Honey bees harmed with sickness disease caused by paracitic varroa destructor mite in their beehive. ” I have been treating My bench hive with OAV through winter, but have now added [...]

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Beehive Inspection Spring 30 November 2021

Due to the losses of my beehives after last Winter, I decided that I couldn’t live without Bees. I love to look out the window and see my girls buzzing around, [...]

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Beehive Inspection – Summer 2021 – what did we see ?

Learning to identify what you see in your Beehive – information about nectar, pollen and brood. When you own a Beehive, It’s key to know what you are looking at – [...]

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Why did my Bees leave in Winter?

Why did my Bees leave in Winter? Margaret answers this question from Michael.

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Bees Have Had a Guts Full

Not only do our kiwi honey bees have to deal with this blimmin' parasite they are now also dealing with real gut wrenching poisoning.

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Feeding Honey Bees while Splitting

Is it OK to feed bees, during the splitting process. Margaret responds to a question from Dan.

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Creating a Water Source for Bees

Here is an update to a story we did back in 2009. The original wooden stand had rotted away, so it was time to give the water feeder a refresh and [...]

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Honey Bee Honey versus Sugar Syrup

We ask what nutrition does honey provide that sugar-syrup does not? What is better for your bees?

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Beekeeping Practices – Varroa – 20th versus 21st Century

21st Century Beekeeping In our view, it is now time to review OLD beekeeping practices. Mostly in terms of how things have changed due to the appearance of the Varroa Destructor [...]

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Wintering Down Beehives

How do we winter down ?  We run our Beehive colonies with two full-depth boxes on the first and second levels.  We consider the second hive box to be a [...]

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10 Mistakes New Beekeepers Make

The art of beekeeping can be very exciting, but if you are a beginning beekeeper, you are most likely going to make some mistakes. Of course, no beekeeper will intentionally want [...]

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8 Spring Flowers That Attract Australian Native Bees

Bees are wonderful and hardworking creatures. But due to climate change and landscapes which are being cleared off, the bees’ population is in danger. Before it comes to extinction, let’s all [...]

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How to Kill Bees

Here are some handy tips for the new beekeeper to help you kill your Bees and Beehive Honey Bee colony

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How do you tell the difference between Manuka and Kanuka?

In this post we answer the question how do you tell the difference between Manuka and Kanuka? Here are four ways to get you started.

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Sick Bees Varroa problem – Remedial action for Deformed Wing Virus using OAV

Have your bees got Deformed Wing Virus, Margaret discusses what she has done to reduce this in your hives using OAV.

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American Foulbrood Elimination – a Video Series by the AFB Management Agency

A great video series by Plant and Food in New Zealand about the history and Elimination of American Foulbrood. American Foulbrood is the most widespread and destructive of the bee brood [...]

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7 Plants That Repel Unwanted Insects, But not Bees

If you want to grow an organic garden and keep the process as natural as possible, you should turn to nature. Here are some bee friendly plants that deter pests

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12 Must See Ted Talks for Beekeepers

Do you love learning about Bees? Here is our top twelve favorite Ted Talks about bees. Grab a coffee, Sit down and watch these quick talks.

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How to Prepare Your Bees for Autumn

Yes it's that time to plan for the coming season, and in this article, as the sun sets on Summer we are talking about preparing for Autumn

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The Bees and Your Backyard: What All The Gardening Buzz is About

Many of us have often thought about getting into gardening. The concept of growing our own food is one of the oldest of American traditions—to get your hands dirty in the [...]

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6 Best Methods to Create a Bee-Friendly Garden

Looking for ways on how to create a bee-friendly garden? Find out the six most effective ways to attract bees and other beneficial insects in your garden!

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How to Create a Flower Garden with Year-Round Blooms

Were you thinking about creating a beautiful landscape in your yard? Well, for gardening beginners, there are numerous tips and tricks to growing and maintaining a gorgeous garden. Here is our [...]

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How to Become an Insecticide Labelling Ninja

It’s been my experience the consumer buying public don’t realise that Insecticides bought at the supermarket or hardware store could be harming Honey Bees and other Pollinators in their gardens. Here [...]

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Top 10 Plants For Bees During The Winter Months

Winters are the months that come out to be a little hard to survive for anybody. Here are some ideas for plants that will help bees during the coldest season.

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How to Create a Relaxing Outdoor Space in Your Small Yard

Trust us when we say this, a small yard is a blessing in disguise. There’s a lot that you can experiment with in case of small yards rather than the big [...]

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What are the 3 basics to start beekeeping? Part 3 – 6 Essential Pieces of Info About Beekeeping

What are the basics to start Beekeeping. Margaret talks about the 6 Essential Pieces of Information About Beekeeping that will help you be successful.

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Exotic Visitor – Beehive and Bees Checks

Alastair, who is a designated inspector for Ministry for Primary Industries attended the site with Margaret to check our bees for Exotic diseases. What did you find?

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What are the 3 basics to start Beekeeping? Part 2 – 5 Essential Beehive Components

What are the essential pieces of hive ware that make up a modern Langstroth beehive? Read Margaret’s great article on the five Essential Beehive Components you need to get started.

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How to do a Sugar Shake Mite Count – Video

In this video we show you How to do a Sugar Shake Mite Count, using a sugar shake jar and icing or powdered sugar. Monitoring your Varroa mites levels is very [...]

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10 Delicious, Cheap Recipes That Use Up Your Herb Garden

If you have a lovely garden filled with fresh herbs, why not take this as an opportunity to create some of the best yet simple meals for you and your family? [...]

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What are the 3 basics to start beekeeping? Part 1 – Essential Beekeeping Equipment

Have you ever wondered what you need to start Beekeeping? Here is the Essential Beekeeping Equipment to get started in Beekeeping.

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How To Make Money with Treatment Free Beekeeping

Can you make a living and still be a Treatment Free Beekeeper, we are honored to welcome Aaron Jennings from Jennings Apiaries on his first guest article. Here are five tips [...]

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Do You Know How Bees Make Honey?

All you need to know about how bees make honey. The entire process has a lot of steps and bees working together to produce a small amount.

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Getting your Bees Ready for Winter – Spring-Inspection

Getting your Bees Ready for Winter - How one of our Beginners got they bees through the wet winter

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Buzzy Bee – Lets go for a Ride

Here is a UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY to own one of these Kiwi Icons and earn some additional money for your business. Wow your very own Buzzy Bee Ride on.

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Moving Bees to a Long Bench Hive – Video

In this video Margaret Shows your how to move an existing colony into a Long Bench Hive. She also offers some tips on how to manage bees.

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Beginner Beekeeper…Water Bees

Beginner Beekeeper shares first season experiences, and challenges faced with the local High Tides.

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Robbing Screen – How to Stop Wasps and Bees Robbing Your Bee Hives

A Robbing Screen is a placed in the front of the honey beehive entrance. To help save your colonies from Robbing Bees and Wasps! Here is how to use our one.

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Beekeeping in Greece

News from the Bee World in Greece from our listeners Lorin & John.

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Beekeepers Q&A – End of Jan

The Beekeepers Q&A, the weekly live show on blab where we attempt to answer your burning beekeeping questions.

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The Beekeepers Q&A – The Fat Bee Man “Don” joined us.

The Beekeepers Q&A, the show on blab we attempt to answer your burning beekeeping questions. We are joined this week by Don "The Fat Bee Man".

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Commercial Beekeeping – How do you get started?

Commercial Beekeeping - How do you get started? We answer a readers question with ideas on how to get started in Commercial Beekeeper in New Zealand.

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Honey extraction Idea for Manuka – a great tip from Aussie

We hope this will help those having difficulty extracting Manuka/Kanuka honey frames, a great tip from Clive.

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How Long Should I Wait To See Eggs

How Long Should I Wait To See Eggs, when you collect a swarm how long does it take to see eggs?

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Assessment Results – Beginner Beekeepers Splits

Margarets second part of her Spring assessment article

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Spring Assessment – Beginner Beekeeper and Bees

This is an email I have sent out to our Beeginuzz. Which you may find useful in doing your Spring Assessment.

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Whats happening in Aussie? honey beekeeping Spring

This week we bring you some photos from Thomas in Queensland of honey extraction. Great to see the Ozzie bees doing so well.

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The Man Who Discovered Manuka Honey – Dr Peter Molan

The Man Who Discovered Manuka Honey - Dr Peter Molan. The Discoverer of the Healing Factor in Active Manuka Honey, this talk discusses his part of the story of this extraordinary [...]

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TreeHive Beehive …part two…swarming

Part two of what we now affectionately call the 'Treehive Beehive'

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What types of Beehives can you get in New Zealand?

What types of Beehives are available in New Zealand, Margaret investigates the differences in the different hive types.

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Tree Hive…branching out…Swarming…Part One

Margaret's account of how she removed a swarm of bees that had taken up residence up a tree, with the help of the great guys at Treescape.

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How to Get Rid of Wasps in Your Garden: the Natural Way

Wasps are your garden’s helpful pollinators. But if they become too many or attacked your Honey bees, they can pose a problem. Get rid of them naturally with these easy methods.

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How to Prepare a Beehive for Winter In New Zealand

How to Prepare a Beehive for Winter, our guide to what we do at kiwimana to get our Beehives ready for the cold wet New Zealand Winter.

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Whats Blooming at kiwimana HQ….beekeeping, apiary, gardens, flowers

Its now well into Autumn here in New Zealand - April 2015. This beekeeping season we have really enjoyed a long Summer even though the honey flow was late, our Honey [...]

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How To Extract Honey Without An Honey Extractor

In this article we explain how to use two buckets to extract a small amount of frames. A quick and easy method for when you only have a few frames to [...]

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Manuka the biography of an extraordinary honey – KM067

Here is a talk given by Cliff Van Eaton about his new book "Manuka the biography of an extraordinary honey"

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Auckland Council proposed Beekeeping Bylaw

Auckland Council are reviewing their bylaws and Margaret makes submission which appeared to bee well-received.

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How to Get Rid of Laying Workers in Your Beehive

How to Get Rid of Laying Workers in Your Beehive. If you catch this early you can still save the hive.

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Moving Beehives – Short Distance Moves

Moving Beehives A Short Distance, here is a method and some tips you can use to move a Beehives around your garden or backyard.

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Meeting the Barefoot Beekeeper in Wareham forest in Dorset

Learning from the "Barefoot Beekeeper". Nicks account of the recent training he attended at Alpha Farm with Phil Chandler the famous “Barefoot Beekeeper”

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Beekeeping Course – Introduction to the World of Beekeeping

Here at kiwimana we are Beekeepers who want to help those interested in Bees and Beekeeping by providing simple yet informative starter course. It will give you a great overview of [...]

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Auckland Council Bees Bylaw

Auckland Council have put Bees under the "Animal Management Bylaws". Margaret discusses her views on this move.

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New Zealand Podcasts – you might also like

New Zealand Podcasts - As you may know we have a podcast, the kiwimana buzz beekeeping podcast. But are there are any other New Zealand Podcasts? That is the question we [...]

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Love is a goat called Louise

Some sad news about our goat Louise, who passed away over winter in New Zealand.

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Break? …what break? apiary maintenance, beekeeping supplies

Margaret's summary of our winter break and pre-bee season preparations.

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Urban Beekeeping Threatened in Auckland

Another threat to Urban Beekeeping in Auckland has been discovered, please make a submission before it affects you!

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Moving Beehives

Moving Beehives is an essential skill for any beekeeper to master. Here is how we move Beehives.

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How to Clean Beeswax

How To Clean Beeswax - Here is the steps we use to Clean beeswax. The beeswax can then be used in candles or cosmetic products.

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How To Make Seed Bombs

Seed bombs can simplify the task of filling any empty space with flowers. This post tells you how to become a Guerilla Gardener and make seed bombs and more.

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How to Build Beehive Frames

Beehive Frames - How to build Beehive Frames, here is how we manually build Beehive frames at kiwimana.

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Guerilla Gardening … in High-Tech Form?

Guerilla gardening is taking a new approach - modern guerilla gardeners are using high tech methods that make their work easier and more effective.

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Wasps in your beehive – A Robbing Screen may help

Wasps in your beehive - A Robbing Screen may help, we discuss using our Robbing Screen to deter Wasps and Honey Bees robbing your Bees.

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infested ! … with Varroa !!

A Bee Colony is with a Varroa infestation threat discovered by Margaret in routine apiary inspection.

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How to use the Kiwi Oxalic Acid Vaporizer with Video

We have had great success with using the vaporizer to control varroa mites in our bee colonies, in this article we discuss the method involved in treating your bee hives successfully.

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Has it all just become too much?

A tale of woe and despair, an update on what is happening at kiwimana and what we are doing to fix this issue.

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….bzzz….what to do when you have grumpy bees….

Angry Bees, some things to think about before re-queening. Margaret talks about some reasons why your bees may be grumpy.

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Powdered Sugar Shake – Counting Varroa Mites using icing sugar

Powdered sugar shake - How to do a Powdered sugar shake to check the count of varroa mites living in your bee colony. A Step by step guide with thresholds.

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Different Types Of Beehives in Britain

In this article we discuss the different types of beehives available to beekeepers these days in Britain and the pros and cons of each type.

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How to make a Beehive Box – A Step by Step Guide

How to make a Beehive Box - An article about how we make Macrocarpa hive boxes at kiwimana. With tips on how to assemble your Beehive boxes.

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Paraffin Wax and It’s uses in Beekeeping

Paraffin Wax and its uses for the beekeeper, it's used by commercial beekeepers to disinfect hive parts that are infected by the American Foul Brood (AFB) virus.

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Tips on Public Relations for Backyard Beekeepers

It's important to be a successful beekeeper! Here's some great tips on how to do your PR.

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Kiwi Oxalic Acid Vaporizer – Used to combat Varroa Destructor Mites

We have launched a new product this week, the "Kiwi Oxalic Acid Vaporizer". A new tool in the fight against varroa mites.

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What is a Queen Castle?

What is a Queen Castle and how can you use one to raise Queen Bees.

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Bee Frame Making Jig – Makes Assembling frames Easy

What is a Bee Hive Frame jig and how can it help you assemble frames easier and quicker.

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What do you use for Bee Smoker Fuel?

We were asked the other day, What do you use for Bee Smoker Fuel? We answer that and also discuss coffee sacks.

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Bee Hive Stand – Introducing the kiwimana Hive Stand

Hive Stand - What is a hive stand and do I really need one for my Bees Hives. We would say "Absolutely!!!"

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Borage – Why Is It So Good For Bees?

Borage - The history of this great plant that bees all around the world love. If you want to help the bees plant some borage for them. Read this article to [...]

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Bee swarms – How to deal with them

In this article Margaret goes further into swarms and how as a beekeeper you can reduce the chances of your colonies swarming. Margaret also discusses basic information on how to collect [...]

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Dangerous Extractors – KM031

In this weeks beekeeping podcast we are talking about Fake Honey, Extractors and trickery at the Supermarket.

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What to Look For During a Hive Inspection

What to Look For During a Hive Inspection? Here are the top things we look for when doing a hive inspection.

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How to use a Timms Trap

In this article we explain how to set a Timms Trap to trap Possums on your property. These trap are an inexpensive method of pest management.

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Spring is a Sprunging! – KM029

In this podcast we discuss our spring build up in New Zealand, fears about Urban Beekeeping and Drawing Comb video.

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2013 Spring is here – Part 2

Margaret continues her series of blog posts about what we doing to get ready for the bee season.

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Bee Pollen Benefits – What are the Health Benefits of Bee Pollen?

Bee Pollen Benefits - Bee pollen has been touted as a nutritious food for quite some time. But what are the benefits for you?

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Lucas Blair and the Lost Bee – KM028

This week we are talking to Lucas Blair from Little Bird Games. Lucus is developing an interactive ebook for children called the “The Lost bee”. Please check it out…

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Two easy recipes with honey

In this article Emma shows how to create two nice meals using Honey, Honey Pecan pie and Honey Spiced Glazed Pork Chops. Enjoy...

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Learning at the Franklin Bee Club

We went along to the Franklin Bee Club, We had a great time and learned some great tips. Were you there?

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Chat with Robin Bedard from Canada – KM027

We had a chat with Robin Bedard from Canada about Beekeeping, Bears and controlling Varroa Mites.

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How to use a Queen Excluder

Queen Excluders, what are there and what can you use them for in the beekeeping world.

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What to do with your bees when you go on holidays

In this article James talks about What to do with your bees or other pets when you go on holiday.

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Countdown to Spring – KM026

Counting down to Spring. Episode Twenty Six of our beekeeping podcast. This week we are talking about Alternative Bee Nests and Honeybee Eyes.

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