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Beginning beekeeping...the Importance of Keeping Bees

Beginning beekeeping...the Importance of Keeping Bees

Why are bees so important? The concept of interdependence is helpful to understanding the importance of bees to human society. Interdependence means different groups or species are reliant upon each other. In the case of the bees, a food web helps visualize this concept: Bees need flowers for their food source (nectar to turn into honey as source of carbohydrates, and pollen for protein) The flowers need the bees for pollination, which is necessary for the flowers’ reproduction Humans need bees to pollinate flowers for them to turn into the fruit (anything with seeds inside, including tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, etc.)...

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Harvesting Honey at the end of Summer

Harvesting Honey at the end of Summer

Well, you did it!You've researched beginner beekeeping until YouTube ran out of videos.You've figured out that a nail gun is easier than hammering together your boxes with nails or glue. You've overcome your fear of stings and you've sweated through the two layers of shirts under your bee jacket. You've avoided squishing the queen bee through all of your inspections (or did you not find her the whole time?) and you've marveled at how productive she's been. You've taken several hundred pictures (or gigabytes) of your flying girls and you're finally ready to take some HONEY! If you've declared that your...

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How to buy honeybees for Spring 2021

How to buy honeybees for Spring 2021

BC Bee Supply will be ready to get its customers the finest bees from either local sources or imported in early Spring 2021. Each comes with a number of bees including a queen bee, and will generally be available in the springtime. Let us look at the pros and cons of each style of bee product after we define what to expect. 

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Honey Bottles

Honey Bottles

BC Bee Supply is proud to carry its biggest selection of jars ever. What will you put your honey into? After the bees have converted their collected nectar into honey, beekeepers will typically come along and harvest some of that sweet, "liquid gold". Once extracted from the hive, there are many ways to bottle, store and package honey. Glass containers are often chosen because of the way honey looks in clear jars, the ease of filling and the re-usability of glass. BC Bee Supply sells its jars in sets of 12 or 24, depending on the size, and we always...

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