Betty Taylor

A blog about the joy of a mentoring relationship and the rewards for the mentor and a new-bee.
A wakeup call for folks who want to keep bees without the work, stings and realities.
An anecdote that illustrates a few of the realities of farm life and raising livestock.
A brief update on how the bees are faring during a break in the freezing weather.
Some things to know about the last fall hive inspections in preparing the bees for winter.
This beekeeping blog post describes robbing behavior in honeybees, what causes it, and how to prevent or stop it.
In all that can go wrong in beekeeping, it's time to be grateful for a good season.
A blog post calling for voluntary population control.
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.
Here I describe the honey harvest and how it varies from year to year.
This is a followup to an earlier blog that reports on the successes and failures in creating nucleus beehives this spring.
Describes how understanding the nectar flow in your geographical area helps you maximize colony health and honey production.
Describes the timing and the nuts and bolts involved in expanding your apiary by making nucleus hives.
A meditation on the benefits and fulfillment found in the physical labor of homesteading chores.
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.
The joys and heartaches that can come with kidding season are a part of life on a goat farm.
How to make a cheap hay feeder for goats that cuts down on wasted hay.
Describes the winter hive life of the honey bees.
Musing on how most of us believe "the end" is near for various reasons.
Describes the heartache that can come of now observing and working with nature when raising goats.
Safely bring a new goat herd home and getting them used to you and their new surroundings.
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.
Beekeeping expert Betty Taylor explains how to reliquify crystalized honey while maintaining color, quality, and nutrients.
Encouragement for new beekeepers who may be confused and overwhelmed about all the conflicting advice about keeping bees.
How to prepare your hives for the winter to protect them from mice, skunks, opossums and other wildlife.
Render beeswax from your wax cappings easily and inexpensively.
Homesteads are keeping alive old skills and ways of raising crops and livestock that are being lost in the age of agribusiness.
Beekeeper Betty Taylor explains what for look for during an end-of-summer hive inspection.
Learn how to keep your bees properly fed and also ensure a plentiful and delicious honey harvest!
Find out how to protect your hives and honeycomb from wax moths without using chemicals.

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