The longest daylight of the year has now passed, queens will lay fewer drones from now till the first frost of the year. By the time many of you recognize the downturn in drones, honey stores and wax buildup will have attracted the wax moth and the hive beetle in full production. Now is the time to take off your first or second harvest of honey and inspect for pests. Time to treat your bees to the care from summer heat and make sure fresh coats sun reflecting paint are on your replacement supers. Time to assure your telescoping tops are rain tight and inner cover protected from propolis attachment on its sides. Cotton is blooming in some places, watermelon under harvest. Get your replacement equipment supply needs and purchase that pest deterrent to grow your bee for splits.
The farm store at Beefield is open daily by appointment and located at 8279 Stilson Leefield Road just east of Statesboro and north of Brooklet. See this Map for directions. We provide services to local beekeepers in Savannah, Statesboro, Lyons, Springfield, and Hilton Head. Deliveries of merchandise can be made at no additional cost to members of the local clubs at monthly meetings with a prior telephone arrangement.
Members of the Beaufort Jasper Beekeepers Association in South Carolina: We gladly accept pre-orders by telephone and and by arrangement bring those orders repackaged for delivery.
The two newest Georgia Beekeepers Association clubs are the Altahama Beekeepers Association meeting in Lyons at Chatters and the Effingham Beekeepers meeting at Fellowship Bible Church on Old Dixie highway north of Springfield. If these clubs are near you it is a great way to share the joy of beekeeping.
In an effort to protect beekeepers who purchase our products Beeutiful Bees has adopted the policy of "no returns" on frame foundation and woodenware. Honeybees can be poisoned and these poisons cannot be seen. We want to guarantee our customers that the products they receive are free from any harmful elements and in this way we can be sure we have given you only the finest equipment.
Bee Toxic Garden Plants Locally
If you are a beekeeper you are painfully aware of the destruction GMO crops are having on bees, but did you know that unwittingly the home owner and gardener is also killing your bees? Our friends over at the Pollinator Stewardship Council have provided us some resources. Read these Ten Ways to Protect Bees from Pesticides.
Colony Collapse Disorder is a culmination of several man made ecological disasters leading to the destruction of the pollinator. It is like Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), or like drinking a cocktail of all sorts of chemicals, biologicals and other harmful agents. It might have been just one that finally got you, but they all weakened your condition to bring on the perfect storm. If it is designed to be insect resistant; remember a honey bee is an insect. The Honeybee is the canary in the coal mine, the indicator species.
Every Blooming Thing
We've listened to you and now we need your action! We have started a journal of everything that blooms locally. It will only be successful with your input. Every Blooming Thing is a blog entry or journal entry that is open for your comments as we can update the list. Yes, you can get credit and even be location specific. Just go see what we've posted so far and start looking for blooms!
Who are we?
Honey is the oldest sweetener known to man. From the bear squeeze jar on your breakfast table to the carboy of mead under the staircase honey surpasses the billions of gallons of high fructose corn sweetener plaguing everything you eat as a healthy alternative. Honeybees are becoming an endangered species as far as bugs go these days. Varroa mites, small hive beetles, wax moths, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), Africanized invaders, insect resistant genetically modified foods (GMO), aerial spraying in farm fields, droughts and the number of dangers increases annually while bees continue to decline quickly. Here at Beeutiful Bees we try to manage bees in our care with a natural kindness like you might with your cat or dog.
Mark & Ruth Mettler are delighted to share with you the life of a beekeeper. The grumpy old bear and his honey can give you an international view of beekeepers. Ruth is from the UK and most Southerner's love to hear her speak. This also allows you to see that beekeeping is not only one of the oldest vocations, it is standardized throughout the world. We delight in sharing with you something that may be with you for the rest of your life.
Altamaha Beekeepers Association (Lyons)