October 2019 Beekeeper’s Corner

By Jerry Przybylski, local bees preferred Thanks to all who contributed their Varroa assay data to Mite-A-Thon this month. It’s officially fall, but the summer dearth will last a while longer. Food scarcity will continue until fall flowers and eucalyptus. The ivy honey that bees are bringing in now granulates …

September 2019 Beekeeper’s Corner

By Jerry Przybylski, local bees preferred The dearth we’re in should continue for another month or two, depending on whether fall rains are early or late, light or heavy. Consult notes from last fall. How do the hives this year compare? Is the plan that was cooked up last September …

July 2019 Beekeeper’s Corner

By Jerry Przybylski, local bees preferred Boom times for bees in some areas, and past the boom in others. Micro-climates in our county vary from cold-coastal in the gap of the golden gate, to nearly central-valley like temperatures at the east end of the county. We hope the May rains …

May 2019 Beekeeper’s Corner

By Jerry Przybylski, local bees preferred The weather is warming up. Good rainfall this year translates to good nectar production. These are good times for domestic and feral colonies. They’re programmed to build up and swarm. These are challenging times for beekeepers. Inspect often to keep abreast of progress in …

April 2019 Beekeeper’s Corner

By Jerry Przybylski, local bees preferred Spring is here, bringing with it the nectar flow, the explosive expansion, and the potential for swarming. Do have a swarm-trap/bait-hive in the yard to attract a swarm your hive may generate… or perhaps a swarm from the neighborhood.