Beekeeping and Honey Blog

Cookie and Chai Tea with Honey

Ginger Date Oatmeal cookies and Chai Tea with Honey

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Cold winter afternoons are perfect for hot tea and a cookie. Oatmeal cookies have been a long-standing favorite for quite a while. It always was a blissful day when the box of oatmeal cookies came in the mail from my mother when I was away at college

honeybee on mint

Gardening and Creating Pollinator Friendly Spaces

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Anyone can create a welcoming garden for pollinators. Turning your own yard or other property such as a schoolyard, work landscape, or roadside green space into a pollinator habitat is fun, easy and can make a difference for birds also. Planting a few flowers for your honey bees is like adding a few gallons of water to the ocean. Honeybees need on average about a square mile of good cover to forage on. However, adding a diverse mix of flowering plants to your garden will also attract butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, along with native bee species and the occasional wasps. These insects are essential to our survival and need to be welcomed into at the least a corner of our backyards.  Besides providing a food source for pollinators flowers provide cover for other wildlife such as birds and also reduce neighborhood mowing area.

Brighton Honey Solar Array

Brighton Honey Adds Solar

It was chilly overcast spring morning when we started.  I wanted to get them installed as early in spring as possible to get a full season of sunlight.  The next day the sky had cleared and the sun was shining bright on a crisp blue background.  I threw the switch on the inverter and powered up the system and the capacitors started to hum.

honeybee on Callaloo watercolor

Beekeeping and a Disrupted Plant-Pollinator Relationship

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Plants and insects have been evolving in unison for millions of years and have benefited from an elegant symbiotic relationship. This relationship has provided plants a willing host to convey pollen in trade for valuable high energy cocktail called nectar. Residual pollen is an added bonus protein source. A new dynamic is disrupting the alignment of this interaction. Climate change is affecting this coordinated inter species relationship by disrupting the flower blooming cycle. Plants have evolved a response to the spring warming cycle that starts the flowering process in most of the northern hemisphere.