Best Indoor Plants for Beginners: Easy-to-Grow Houseplants for a Green Thumb Start

Welcome to the lush realm of houseplants, an oasis where you can curate your personal indoor rainforest without stepping outside your cosy abode! If you're just embarking on this botanical journey, it might seem as though you're trying to find your way through a thick total darkness. But don't worry, budding plant enthusiasts, we've got you covered!

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Beekeeping Technologies Beneficial To Your Operation

Beekeeping Technologies

Modern beekeeping is enhanced by adopting technological advancements in various aspects of the industry and beekeeping operations. This article details the top-rated beekeeping technologies that are beneficial to your operations. Digital technology is a major feature of modern beekeeping technologies. It helps you to collect and manage a wide variety of data types in very little time. The technologies that we detail in this article are easy to implement and use. Both beginner and experienced beekeepers stand to benefit a lot by using one or more of the technologies.

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How to Harvest Leafcutter Bee Cocoons

Harvest Leafcutter Bee Cocoons

Leafcutter bees are one of the many species of bees that are considered solitary. This means you won’t find them as part of a swarm or in beehives. Instead of storing honey in closed hives made of wax, they have a different strategy, as you might have guessed from their name, they cut leaves. Using sharp jaws, the female bee cuts neat circles on the leaves of roses, lilac or pea plants. Leafcutters prefer non-hairy leaves that are also thin, such as rose leaves and cherry leaves. The plants aren’t harmed by this and the bee has an important use for the fragment. The female bees will curl up the leaf circle between her legs and fly to her chosen nesting spot. Favorite nesting points are small tunnels, which the bees either find in a hollow stem or tree or if they need to, they dig them out of loose material such as dry soil. They may also use flower petals. In this article, we'll discuss how you can harvest leafcutter bee cocoons.

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Using a Bee Frame Wiring Jig

Bee Frame Wiring Jig

Beekeepers have been relentless in their effort to make the business of keeping bees easier by the day. The bee frame wiring jig makes your work easier, quicker, and better when you are adding horizontal wiring to the beeswax foundation. It helps run horizontal wires through the sides of a frame easily with the help of wheels, a tensioner, and a spool of wire that is held by the jig for dispensing as the wire is pulled through the frame.

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Is Harvesting Honey Bad for Bees?

Is Harvesting Honey Bad for Bees

Beekeepers benefit by harvesting honey, beeswax and other products from beehives, which they can then sell for a profit. However, there are some beekeepers that are in it solely for conservation purposes. The question sometimes pops up, is it morally wrong to take honey from bees? Have you ever asked yourself, is harvesting honey bad for bees? Well, if those questions have been on your mind, then this article will explore a few ethical issues about beekeeping.

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Maintaining Hygiene in the Beehive

Maintain Hygiene in the Beehive

Maintaining hygiene in the beehive contributes greatly to having a honeybee colony that is healthy and productive. Hygiene prevents occurrence of diseases that affect honeybees. In a beekeeping operation, there are many aspects of hygiene. They encompass apiary hygiene, beehive hygiene, and the general hygiene of your beekeeping operation. Honeybees clean their beehive or seal up unwanted materials in propolis and resins. Sometimes, however, you need to help the bees maintain the best hygiene levels in the beehive. Beehive hygiene is largely about cleanliness, and the environmental conditions inside the beehive. Here is all the information you need, and useful tips about maintaining hygiene in the beehive.

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How to Harvest Royal Jelly – Beginner’s Guide

How to Harvest Royal Jelly

Royal jelly is one of the products derived from the honey bee. Research has shown some of its key ingredients are beneficial for our health. It is highly nutritious and boasts antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It is also one of the best products to use against inflammation. You can ingest royal jelly or apply it to the affected area of your skin. The key components of royal jelly include: 50 to 60% water, 18% proteins, 15% carbohydrates, 3 to 6% lipids, and 1.5% mineral salts. It also contains traces of vitamins, which include Vitamin B. Its antioxidant properties can be linked to its plant-based chemical referred to as polyphenols. In this article, we shall discuss how to harvest royal jelly.

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Introduction to the Perone Beehive

Perone Beehive

The Perone Beehive is an ingeniously designed hive that aims to better the way honeybees are raised. It derives its name from its inventor Oscar Perone. Its current design has been arrived at after innumerable trial and error, carried out for more than 40 years by the inventor. The design is inspired by the honeybee's natural environment, trying as much as possible to imitate wild bees. Join us as we find out more about this unique design of hive that has won the hearts of many.

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Analyzing Honeycomb: Brood Comb/Cells

Brood Comb

Honeybee brood simply refers to all stages of a honeybee, save the adult bee. Precisely, it comprises the egg, larva, and pupa. Honeybee brood is mainly found inside the beehive for domesticated bees. They are an important part of the colony since this is where the future of the colony is pegged. This is the future generation bees that will develop to be workers, drones, or the mother queen bee. Together, the brood and adult bees with their segregated duties, make up a super force that functions as one. The thousands of individual honeybees that collectively exist mutually, make it possible to survive and thrive even in harsh environs. It is therefore important for the beekeeper to fully understand the working mechanism of a brood and colony as a whole. Without a deep understanding of colony functions, it proves impossible to manage or raise successful honeybee colonies. Therefore, analyzing brood comb is without a doubt an important part of beehive management. In this article, we'll discuss how to identify and analyze brood comb.

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