Beekeeper’s Corner July 2018

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred. The dearth (seasonal nutrition scarcity) is here, or soon will be in your neighborhood. Well-provisioned hives, hives with some pollen stored in brood frames, and some capped honey, will consume some of these stores between now …

Beekeeper’s Corner May 2018

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred. Spring/Summer management: * DO keep your water source filled. We all need to provide a water source for our bees. Some city and county ordinances require it. Keep your water source full until it starts raining …

Beekeeper’s Corner April 2018

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred.   Rain, rain go-away!  … No! wait!! Rain, rain come back! We have roughly half the rainfall we should by this time of year, and need more. The cold rainy days keep our bees from foraging. …

Beekeeper’s Corner March 2018

Reset! Rewind! The cold weather for most of the last month put the brakes on our bee colony development in some ways but maybe not in others. Large colonies in nice warm microclimates with plenty of forage probably advanced, and maybe even produced some surplus honey. Colonies in colder microclimates …

Beekeeper’s Corner, February 2018

By Gerald Przybylski Jerry has been an East-Oakland beekeeper since 2011; local bees preferred. For many of us, the next two months of beekeeping will be exciting. Prepare ‘stored’ equipment so it will be ready when needed. * Scrape the propolis from the frame end bars, and the frame shelf …