DOW GARDENS' BEE BLOG

Varroa mite

Combating the Mighty Mites

July 29, 2019

Varroa destructor is a mite that feeds on honeybees and is arguably the single largest driver of the global honey bee health decline. As its species name implies, the varroa mites can DESTROY a hive population if not controlled and monitored. 

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Bee hives

The Heat is ON

July 17, 2019

After a small break for vacation, we checked in on the hives to see how they were doing. If you remember we have three hives. Hive one is the most advanced (from a population and honey production standpoint) because it was started in late April, hive three arrived with a stable queen situation and was off and running, and Hive two was the hive we had to re-queen. While it fell a little behind, it is doing well now. 

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bees

Putting the Pollen in Pollinator

June 27, 2019

Last week was proclaimed as Pollinator Week in the State of Michigan. As stated in the governor’s proclamation: “Pollination plays a vital role in our national forests and grasslands, which provide forage, fish, wildlife, timber, water, mineral resources, and recreational opportunities as well as enhanced economic development opportunities for communities …” We at Dow Gardens know the value of pollination.

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Enter the Queen

June 14, 2019

Remember, the last time we were in the Whiting Forest hives, we had Hive #1 – the hive populated using a package of bees at the end of April with an expansion level at this point; Hive #2 – the Nuc hive that was without a queen and the workers were trying to raise a new one; and Hive #3 – the Nuc hive populated with a strong laying queen.

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Beekeeper with time bar hive

A Hive of a Different Kind

June 7, 2019

A Hive of a Different Kind

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inside of bee hive

The Neighborhood is aBuzzzzz

May 31, 2019

It was a HUGE day for the Whiting Forest hive! As you know from last week’s post, an expansion was in order. When we opened the outer cover of the hive, the bees were overflowing onto the inner cover. The photo shows Elly holding the inner cover with bees on top of it and the overflowing hive below. It was clearly time to put on an addition to their home. We added a second deep box of foundation frames. Together these two levels are known as the brood box.

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Bees

A Healthy, Growing Hive …

May 24, 2019

Our inspection of the hive today was to see if the bees were making progress on building up their population. The starting population was about 10-12,000 bees (or 3 lbs); by mid-summer her majesty, the queen, and her loyal subjects should have increased the hive population to more than double that number.

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Bees

The  Bees are Back at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens!

May 15, 2019

The  Bees are Back at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens!

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Bees

Building her Kingdom

May 30, 2018

Building her Kingdom

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Beekeeper tending hives

A New Home for 10,000

May 11, 2018

A New Home for 10,000

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