January 14, 2019

The most common questions we hear, especially in spring is, “what breed of bees do we sell?" The answer is rather simple at first: mutts - same as everyone else is selling in the US. Unless you live on an island many miles from any other form of land and/or you are rea...

October 8, 2018

I missed the entire gardening month of September and wish I hadn’t let it go but that’s part of the learning process – I bit off more than I could chew. However, all is not lost. Here are the final results of the garden and some changes I’ll make for next year:

Three Si...

August 31, 2018

Each year, around August & September, depending on the weather patters, we get calls about a bad odor coming from hives. Many beekeepers first think; Foulbrood, because of the bad odor associated with the Foulbrood infections. Others think perhaps a different brood dis...

August 21, 2018

It looks and acts like a hummingbird but it’s really a moth – wait, what?

That’s right, there are at least three hummingbird moth species (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) in Michigan that might be visiting your flowers: hummingbird clearwing Hemaris thysbe, snowberry clearwing...

August 11, 2018


Twenty days since my last post is a bit of a clue. I’m overwhelmed…by the weeds, by the cherry tomatoes coming out of my ears that I can’t easily reach because they all fell over for the third time, and by the devastation the miserable squash vine borer (SVB) has cau...

July 26, 2018

Are you growing melons, pumpkins, squash, or cucumbers? If the answer is yes, Michigan State University needs your help with its volunteer Squash Bee Citizen Science Project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Organic Program. And no, you don’t...

July 20, 2018

Almost everything I have planted is growing successfully - a testament to research and luck. However, the weeds are beginning to get the best of me. I weeded this past weekend for several hours and noticed that where I watered every other day, I could easily pull them...

Bee Flight Paths

There are a few different methods and some things to watch out for when putting something in front of the hive.

In general, bees prefer a nice long flight path too and from their hive, without obstruction. (See Diagram E) This allows them to freely come...

July 2, 2018

“Oh, what a pretty bug” was my initial thought when I found a squash vine borer (Melittia satyriniformis) resting on a catnip leaf earlier this week. It’s a moth-family insect I wasn’t familiar with and after reading about it, I felt rather sick. This is what finished...

Have you ever wondered what a swarm looks like? This short video is a swarm in progress.

Bees swarm because something isn't up to their specs. If the queen runs out of places to lay eggs, the workers feel too crowded, workers run out of places to store honey, the hive k...

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