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

  • 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.”

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  • 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

    An inspection of the hives who have been suffering from relentless robbing attacks during the summer dearth.
  • 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?

    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

    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.

    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?

    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

    Plant pollinator friendly plants for season long blooming. Make your yard into a pollinator heaven with food year round.
  • 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...
  • Tips for a bee-friendly garden. 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.