December 2019 Beekeeper’s Corner

By Jerry Przybylski, local bees preferred Register hives January 1 with the Local County Agricultural Commissioner (CAC). It’s mandatory now. The easiest way is https://beewherecalifornia.com/. Second best is the form on our website. Our so-called winter has arrived. Mostly we will have rainy days, overcast days, some days with temperatures …

November 2019 Beekeeper’s Corner

By Jerry Przybylski, local bees preferred Winter is coming… well not really winter like in a temperate climate.  In most parts of Our County, with day-time temperatures above 50ºF, our bees will be able to forage all winter long, even in the rain.  With pollen coming in, our bees will …

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 …