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On Bees and Honey

Gardening for pollinators. Not just planting.

Gardening for pollinators. Not just planting.

Provide undisturbed soil to provide and preserve underground nesting sites for native pollinators.

If we dedicate a few square feet of undisturbed soil to host ground nesting bees, we will be supporting biodiversity and the survival of native pollinators. And from all the things we can do to help, this one is probably the easiest one, since we don't have to do anything. Just let nature do its thing.

Summer Pollinators

Summer Pollinators

I love summer pollinators. This tiger swallowtail was flitting gracefully from coneflower to coneflower yesterday, and the sunset light was hitting it perfectly.

Our moisturizer with Shea butter and vitamin E can help soothe dry skin exposed to the elements during the summer.

Want a free plant with your order?

Want a free plant with your order?

The bees are doing great. We are about to hit a heat wave, and we are giving away free summer blooming and pollinator friendly plants with each purchase, while supplies last.

Summer nectar dearth. What is that?

Summer nectar dearth. What is that?

Honeybees collect nectar from flowers and use it to make honey. However there is a period of dearth during the Summer, where there's very little in bloom.

A dearth can trigger robbing, where strong colonies attack weaker ones.

Here are some ideas of how you could help.

Soap, Soap, Soap!

Soap, Soap, Soap!

Did you know that the Babylonians were making soap around 2800BC? That's almost 5000 years ago! They boiled fats (an acid) with ashes (a base) to make soap. 

I enjoy how handcrafting soap makes us part of a millenary tradition.

Our honey is ready for you!

Our honey is ready for you!

Hi, This is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees. I know you've been waiting for this. The Summer honey crop is now available! This is...

Gifts for St. Michael's Medical Center Healthcare Workers Delivered!

Gifts for St. Michael's Medical Center Healthcare Workers Delivered!

Earlier in the pandemic, we ran a campaign to benefit healthcare workers. We collected 24 gift sets containing one of our award winning handcrafted soaps with a wooden dish.

I just wanted to share the pictures, and express my most sincere gratitude for joining me in supporting these amazing human beings, who endure the unthinkable physically and emotionally during this crisis.

The Honey Harvest Has Started!

The Honey Harvest Has Started!

Hi, this is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees. This is the most exciting time of the season: The honey harvest just started! It is ha...

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!

Hi, This is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees, and those in the picture are my Dad and I, a long time ago. I just wanted to take a ...

Does Dad like honey? What about chocolate?

Does Dad like honey? What about chocolate?

Hi, this is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees. If you like to garden, chances are you got some help carrying all that mulch and soil...

Honey Available!

Honey Available!

Hi! I am Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees, and I know you've been waiting for this post. We finally have some of our backyard honey ...

Thank you!

Thank you!

Hi, I am Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees. I want to thank everybody who so generously participated in the March-April Buy One, Giv...