Mann Lake Blog

  • Top Tips for Safely Handling Honey Bees

    Top Tips for Safely Handling Honey Bees

    As a beekeeper, your job is to keep you and your bees safe. No one wants to get stung, and no one wants to harm or alarm their colony. You can avoid both by taking the right precautions and preparations... Continue Reading
  • How Do Honey Bees Create Honey?

    How Do Honey Bees Create Honey?

    We all know the term “busy as a bee,” and we also know we have our buzzing little friends to thank for every spoonful of honey. However, it’s easy to take for granted all the hard work that goes into... Continue Reading
  • How to Care for a Beehive in the Winter

    How to Care for a Beehive in the Winter

    With cold weather upon us, bee populations have taken to their hives to nestle down with their colony and their honey for the winter. It’s a harsh time for most of nature, but with the right preparation and expertise in how... Continue Reading
  • Education: Different Types of Extractors

    Education: Different Types of Extractors

    Extracting season is sneaking up on us, or for some of us it’s already here! This can be a rewarding time for beekeepers. If the season has gone well there is a sweet reward ready to be harvested. There are... Continue Reading
  • The Hive and Hive Nots

    The Hive and Hive Nots

    “Who’s a busy little bee? You are!” –Krista, Blogger and Bee Motivator   Already, another busy summer is in its final tailspin and once again I am left apologizing for neglecting to post.  I never thought I’d be too... Continue Reading
  • Education: The Common Varieties of Honey Bees

    Education: The Common Varieties of Honey Bees

    If you're a new beekeeper or just learning about the world of bees, like me, it might be surprising to discover just how many kinds of honey bees there are. I had been naive and always thought that there weren't... Continue Reading
  • 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

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