Betty Taylor





2/9/2015
A blog about the joy of a mentoring relationship and the rewards for the mentor and a new-bee.
1/29/2015
A wakeup call for folks who want to keep bees without the work, stings and realities.
12/29/2014
An anecdote that illustrates a few of the realities of farm life and raising livestock.
12/5/2014
A brief update on how the bees are faring during a break in the freezing weather.
10/7/2014
Some things to know about the last fall hive inspections in preparing the bees for winter.
8/29/2014
This beekeeping blog post describes robbing behavior in honeybees, what causes it, and how to prevent or stop it.
8/8/2014
In all that can go wrong in beekeeping, it's time to be grateful for a good season.
7/16/2014
A blog post calling for voluntary population control.
7/8/2014
In this blog, I hope to convince beekeepers that not feeding the bees is better for the health of the bees and for the beekeeper's bottom line.
6/6/2014
Here I describe the honey harvest and how it varies from year to year.
5/21/2014
This is a followup to an earlier blog that reports on the successes and failures in creating nucleus beehives this spring.
5/1/2014
Describes how understanding the nectar flow in your geographical area helps you maximize colony health and honey production.
4/8/2014
Describes the timing and the nuts and bolts involved in expanding your apiary by making nucleus hives.
3/26/2014
A meditation on the benefits and fulfillment found in the physical labor of homesteading chores.
2/28/2014
This is an explanation of how I use a late winter warmup to manipulate my hives in preparation for spring nectar gathering and to minimize swarming.
2/7/2014
The joys and heartaches that can come with kidding season are a part of life on a goat farm.
1/28/2014
How to make a cheap hay feeder for goats that cuts down on wasted hay.
1/6/2014
Describes the winter hive life of the honey bees.
1/2/2014
Musing on how most of us believe "the end" is near for various reasons.
12/26/2013
Describes the heartache that can come of now observing and working with nature when raising goats.
12/16/2013
Safely bring a new goat herd home and getting them used to you and their new surroundings.
12/10/2013
This series of posts chronicles Betty Taylor's adventures in goat farming. This first post covers selecting a goat breed and breeder, costs, and preparing for arrival of my goats.
12/2/2013
Beekeeping expert Betty Taylor explains how to reliquify crystalized honey while maintaining color, quality, and nutrients.
11/19/2013
Encouragement for new beekeepers who may be confused and overwhelmed about all the conflicting advice about keeping bees.
10/30/2013
How to prepare your hives for the winter to protect them from mice, skunks, opossums and other wildlife.
10/9/2013
Render beeswax from your wax cappings easily and inexpensively.
9/19/2013
Homesteads are keeping alive old skills and ways of raising crops and livestock that are being lost in the age of agribusiness.
9/3/2013
Beekeeper Betty Taylor explains what for look for during an end-of-summer hive inspection.
8/16/2013
Learn how to keep your bees properly fed and also ensure a plentiful and delicious honey harvest!
8/9/2013
Find out how to protect your hives and honeycomb from wax moths without using chemicals.




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