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About sheribettine

I love gardens, bees and family. In this blog, I write about our experiences as beekeepers, organic gardeners, and the love of nature.

Wasps – Hive Under Attack

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As we went to inspect the hive this week, we noticed several dead bee bodies around the front of the hive.  These dead bee bodies were joined by several wasp bodies.  Our bees have been under attack by wasps and … Continue reading

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Marigolds ROCK

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Marigolds are truly the ROCK STAR in my flower garden this year.  They are the clear winner of all the flowers that I’ve planted.  We started these plants as seeds in our greenhouse and set them out to fill gaps … Continue reading

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Honey for Bees

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Bees are efficient creatures and they love honey.  After we put our honey into smaller containers for future use, we had the big bucket full of residual honey – honey that lined the sides of the bucket that didn’t come … Continue reading

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Show Me the Honey

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Nectar is still flowing here, so it’s a little premature to be pulling the honey from the hive.  However, that is exactly what we did.  We harvested the honey.  We did this for a couple of reasons: The frames with only … Continue reading

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Waxing Frames

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I’ve mentioned in previous posts that we have added new frames into our hive this year and the bees haven’t used them.  I know that it takes a lot of effort to build out a frame into honeycomb so it … Continue reading

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Impatiens – Lots of Heart

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Impatiens is another flower that I plant every year.  They seem to get off to a slower start than the other flowers in the bed, but right in the middle of summer, when the sun is shining bright, they go … Continue reading

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No Inspection Today

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We have gotten into a weekly inspection cadence with our bee hive.  We’ve been advised to inspect our bee hive every 7 to 10 days.  Today should have been that day.  Inspections to hives are done to make sure that … Continue reading

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I Love Hydrangeas!

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I love hydrangeas! They are one of the most perfect, low maintenance shrubs to have in the garden. They put out loads of gorgeous flowers that are long lasting and produce flowers in abundance year over year. This is another … Continue reading

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Garden Gloves, My Gardening Best Friend

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I love my gardening gloves. I can be fearless in the garden with them on my hands.  I’m not thwarted by thorns or insects or reaching into the dark unknown in the garden all because of these wonderful tools.  I’ve had … Continue reading

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Eggs and Larvae – Hallelujah!

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After finding our new queen bee in the last inspection, but no eggs and larvae, we decided to be patient and give her more time.  We inspected the hive today and found what the hive desperately needed: eggs and larvae.  … Continue reading

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