Bee Keeping

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Winter is a challenge...

Our hives had a challenging winter this past year. If it's not too cold, it's too damp...or dry...or cloudy...or "you name it". But with careful attention to what the bees need and a bit of hard work, it's all recoverable. We came out of the 2019/2020 winter with 6 to 8 healthy hives and thru the 2020 spring and summer we've grown that to 21 very healthy hives. Frankly, that's more than we ever imagined...but as the saying goes it's best to "make hay (or honey) when the sun shines."

We'll admit upfront there's a fair amount of luck involved...bees can be fragile and winters can be difficult. But as it is in many situations you can improve your odds with some careful and consistent attention to your hives. Things like ensuring they are protected from our Indiana winter weather, making sure they are well fed (we have a lot in common, they like sugar!!!) and staying on top of a good medication routine can reallly improve your luck.

Some good counsel along the way helps and to this end we still rely heavily on our friends at Bastin Honey Bee Farm for solid advice. IMG 20180726 121000Find more at (

After a handful of successful splits this spring we are now enjoying a full apiary as we continue to grow in our ability to perform something called OTS - On the Spot queen rearing and hive expansion. You've probably seen some of our work to this end on our Facebook page or YouTube channel and we'll post more on this as we continue to learn...but our initial reaction is that it's good for our apiary and good for the bees that call Springboro Tree Farms home.

If you have a moment, join us for a short walk thru the apiary with Rich.