On Bees and Honey: a blog to learn with the bees – South Mountain Bees

On Bees and Honey: a blog to learn with the bees

Fall Giveaway. Want to Play?

Fall Giveaway. Want to Play?

The weather is changing and the fall colors in the reservation are spectacular. The foliage reflection on the reservoir water is breathtaking. The terrapins are too shy to show up. It is fall, and four women owned small businesses decided to get together to offer a fall giveaway. Want to play?

This Fall Favorite is Back!

This Fall Favorite is Back!

It's October 19, and I just filed the Q3 New Jersey sales taxes a whole day early! And it feels so good to get rid of the frantic last minute stres...

Are these bees?

Are these bees?

Hi! I am Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees. Have you heard of flower flies? Many people mistake them for bees or wasps. It's a good ...

Have you ever seen how honey is harvested?

Have you ever seen how honey is harvested?

Once honey is harvested from the hive, the work of extracting honey form the frames in order to be able to bottle it starts. The process starts with the removal of beeswax from the honey frames and ends with honey pouring out of the spout of the honey extractor.

I thought you might like to see this!

I thought you might like to see this!

Honeybees at South Mountain Bees, are storing pollen for the winter.

The Best Honey in New Jersey. And it could be yours!

The Best Honey in New Jersey. And it could be yours!

The best honey in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Beekeepers Association Honey Show judges.

Look who's on the front page!

Look who's on the front page!

South Mountain Bees on the front page of the News Record.

“Save the bees” has become a common phrase, as certain species of bees have been placed on the endangered species list and the honey bee population has declined. Compagnoni said taking care of them herself has made her more aware of the environment in general. She can’t use pesticides or insect spray, because it will kill her hives.

“There’s awareness that comes with the bees,” she said. “I can’t use gardening practices that are toxic. It keeps you more honest. There are indirect benefits.”

Do you like surprises? What about free stuff?

Do you like surprises? What about free stuff?

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Soaps for the busy gardener!

Soaps for the busy gardener!

Hi, This is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees. Since the pandemic started, we've all learned how to wash our hands better. We all l...

Checking the bees in the apiary

Checking the bees in the apiary

Hi! This is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees. After the relentless recent robbing episodes, I was able to put robbing screens and...

It happened again. My bees got attacked yesterday.

It happened again. My bees got attacked yesterday.

Hi, This is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees. Earlier this month my bees were attacked. I started making screens to protect the ot...

Do your lips get dry when you garden?

Do your lips get dry when you garden?

This has been the strangest gardening season ever. For once, it started early. We had such a mild winter that tree sprouts and bulb shoots were up a few weeks early. The bees were booming and ready to swarm before we were even thinking of swarm season.

Visiting critters made it almost impossible to garden, and between chasing wild life and tending the garden, my lips got really dry.