On Bees and Honey: a blog to learn with the bees – Page 2 – South Mountain Bees

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

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.

Not only bees

Not only bees

Blue lobelia attracts butterflies like the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail both in the common yellow version as well as in the dark-phase form.

My hives are being attacked.

My hives are being attacked.

Hi! This is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees. Remember when we were talking about summer dearth and the risk of robbing? Well, it ha...

Lip balm, anyone?

Lip balm, anyone?

From chemical-free wood polish to award winning lip balm. A beekeepers journey in the quest for healthier cosmetics and clean beauty.

How to provide food for pollinators all season long

How to provide food for pollinators all season long

Plant pollinator friendly plants for season long blooming. Make your yard into a pollinator heaven with food year round.

Pamper your skin

Pamper your skin

Hi, This is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees. Between gardening and swimming my skin gets really dry. The chlorine of the pool le...

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...