Swarm Lure Giveaway

Win a FREE bottle of Swarm Commander Hello everyone, this is Steven Tervort.  I will be holding a drawing for a 2 oz. bottle of Swarm Commander’s swarm lure (a $30 dollar value).  I will draw names on 4/23/2017. This is just in time for the 2017 swarm season. There are several […]


The Problem with Mentors

If you are a new beekeeper, someone suggesting you get a mentor is not new to you.  In today’s article, I will be discussing my opinion of mentors for new beekeepers.  I will also discuss instances where having  a mentor is not beneficial. First, I want to say that when […]


Package Bees are Ordered!

I just placed my order with a local company for two package bees!  I am excited to get back into this fun and rewarding hobby. Those who follow my blog know that I took a 2 year break after moving into a new home and neighborhood.  It would have only […]


2017 Package Bee Prices

It is the 2017 beekeeping season, and I can’t believe the price of package bees! It has been two years since I have kept bees, and almost 4 years since I have bought a package of bees.  I can’t believe how much prices have increased. Last year, I did a […]


Skep Beekeeping Video

This is a great set of videos about skep beekeeping in Central Europe, Northern Lower Saxony.  There are 8 videos about 12-25 minutes in length.  The videos follow an entire beekeeping season.  The videos go over spring management and supplemental feeding; summer swarm management; honey harvesting; and preparing wax for […]


Swarm Lure Experiment

I wanted to do a quick post on what I am using this year for swarm lures.  So far I have 5 swarm traps working for me.  In the past I have only used Lemon Grass oil in my swarm traps.  This year, I am testing the Swarm Commander Lure […]


Swarm Trapping Update – Scout Behavior

It has been a while since I posted, but I wanted to share a little about my swarm trapping adventures for 2016 so far.  I wasn’t able to purchase packages of bees this year.  The biggest reason I didn’t buy packages is because of the price. 3 pound Packages of […]


Feeding Bees in Fall – Preparing for Winter

Now is the time of year that Nectar and pollen sources are almost entirely exhausted in most locations.  Now is the time to inspect the bees, and take action to ensure they will make it through winter.  If a hive is low on stores, consider feeding sugar syrup, or giving […]


Beekeeping Book Review – The Hive and the Honey-Bee

Beekeeping Book Review The Hive and the Honey-Bee is the greatest beekeeping book you can own. It is an older beekeeping book, but still appropriate to the beekeeping practices of today. This book has been an enormous help to me through the years. Seriously, if you do not own this […]


How to Keep Bees – How Often Should I Check Them?

One of the biggest problems with new beekeepers is that they over inspect their hives.  Bees are very interesting.  It is only natural, as a new beekeeper, to want to check your hives a little more than you should.  As beekeepers we are able to learn an incredible amount of […]