On Tuesday night, Chris, Maggie, our friend Darla and myself went to a holistic beekeeping meeting. What an eye-opening evening! We have two beehives and we want to take care of our bees in a more natural way. We scour the internet, and we find things, but when you can find actual people to learn from, especially so close to you, you jump at the opportunity!
The above picture is actually of a swarm the woman holding the meeting went and rescued. It was inside this log, so she transported the log home and there they have stayed!
This picture is of some of the bee-friendly flowers she has planted. At the left you can see a pretty glass bowl filled with water (they need fresh water!) and lava rocks. The bees love the little holes on the lava rocks.
A wine barrel hive
And another. This one has sugar snap peas starting to grow over it
Since I am so new to beekeeping I am going to refrain from talking about holistic beekeeping and refer you to a couple of sites I was given last night. The Melissa Garden and Gaia Bees. I think you will find both of these sites very informative. Hopefully my pictures have inspired you to take a look and see the difference!