Mann Lake Blog

  • An Inspection Reflection

    An Inspection Reflection

     “Little by little, one travels far” – J.R.R. Tolkien, English Writer and Academic   Second year into beekeeping, and I still find it hard to contain my excitement.  After the big install of bees into my three hives, I... Continue Reading
  • ...and then there were bees.

    ...and then there were bees.

     “What? They’re here?! But I haven’t even painted my new hive!” – Krista, Blog Writer/Minnesota Winter Survivor   Spring is finally here in the Land of Lakes and with it comes all the excitement of the outdoors minus the... Continue Reading
  • Bee x 3

    Bee x 3

    “But I always say, one’s a company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party.” –Andy Warhol, American Artist   After breaking the sad news in my last post that I lost both my hives during the brutal winter, I... Continue Reading
  • Bee Blog Blues

    Bee Blog Blues

    "It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft Corporation, Philanthropist, Humanitarian   Let me start out by apologizing for the blog silence for the past... Continue Reading
  • All Bottled Up

    All Bottled Up

     “Sugar, ah honey honey” –The Archies, Sugar Sugar (Lyrics) 1969   So, The Archies were a ways before my time (missed ‘em by about 2 decades), but a catchy song is a catchy song.  I won’t deny that the... Continue Reading
  • An Extraction Attraction

    An Extraction Attraction

    “The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest.” –Deepika Padukone, Indian Film Actress   One really can’t take full credit for a honey harvest.  I mean the bees do most of the work, I’m really just there... Continue Reading
  • Hop to it!

    Hop to it!

    “Quit slackin’ and make stuff happen!” – Random Internet Quote I Identified With   Summer has been speeding by and, boy, has it been a busy one!  Trying to fit in all the activities one can handle to take... Continue Reading
  • Check, please!

    Check, please!

     “Look, that rabbit’s got a vicious streak a mile wide.  It’s a killer.” – Tim, Monty Python and The Holy Grail   I was once told an interesting comparison by a fellow beekeeper.  She mentioned that size-wise a varroa... Continue Reading
  • A Queen's Demeanor

    A Queen's Demeanor

    “I will do what queens do.  I will rule.” –Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones   If the quote above or references to J.R.R. Tolkien and Star Wars in previous posts weren’t enough of an indication, I’m a nerd.  In... Continue Reading
  • Education: Varroa Mite Treatments

    Education: Varroa Mite Treatments

    Unfortunately, varroa mites are a reality of beekeeping.  Listed in the chart below are some options to assist in choosing the right treatment for you and your bees.  This chart is merely a guide to some varroa mite treatments and is... Continue Reading
  • Second Boxes, First Sting

    Second Boxes, First Sting

    “Though she be but little, she is fierce!” –William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream   As the term ‘busy bees’ implies, bees are not idle critters.  They truly are the creature that best embodies hard work and a bustling... Continue Reading
  • First Hive Inspection

    First Hive Inspection

    “Hello, girls!” –Krista, Blog Writer/Overly Excitable Beekeeper   I sometimes get the impression that beekeeping, for me anyways, is a huge lesson in patience.  This week was no different.  After the installation of my two bee packages, I found... Continue Reading
  • The Bees are Here!

    The Bees are Here!

    “May the roof above us never fall in and may we good companions beneath it never fall out.” –Irish Blessing   What better way than to welcome my bees to their new home than with a well said blessing! ... Continue Reading
  • Pest Proofing

    Pest Proofing

    “I wasn’t going to eat it. I was just going to taste it.” –Winnie the Pooh, Fictional Bear & Honey Connoisseur   Winnie the Pooh was a childhood favorite of mine. A cute, chubby, happy bear that was content... Continue Reading
  • Prep Work

    Prep Work

    Prep Work  “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” –Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States    Spring is here, finally! The snow is mostly gone, and... Continue Reading
  • Supplies Party

    Supplies Party

    Supplies Party “What’s better than a Surprise Party? A SUPPLIES PARTY!” – Krista, Blog Writer/ World’s Worst Pun Maker   I have been told many times that patience is a virtue. I have also been told several times that... Continue Reading
  • Education: The Langstroth Hive Components

    Education: The Langstroth Hive Components

    The basic 10 frame Langstroth hive typically consists of a hive stand, bottom board, entrance reducer, two hive bodies (for brood), one or two supers (for surplus honey), an inner cover and outer cover.  The number of supers depends on... Continue Reading
  • Learn the Beekeeping, Be the Beekeeping

    Learn the Beekeeping, Be the Beekeeping

     “I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” –Eartha Kitt, Singer/Actor   Did you ever have a dream that you’re back in high school and all of a sudden the teacher starts handing out a... Continue Reading
  • Education: Meet the Colony

    Education: Meet the Colony

    Honey bees live together as a colony. Every colony is made of two female castes and one male. In the spring, a 3 lbs. package of honey bees (about 10,000) will be installed. A colony’s peak population will be reached... Continue Reading
  • A Friendly Introduction

    A Friendly Introduction

    "I'm going on an adventure!" -Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey   I’ll admit that I’ve been looking for an excuse to use that Bilbo Baggins quote for a long time.  However, it actually does feel like it... Continue Reading

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