Mother Earth Living

Put a Buzz in your Garden with Bees

Learn the basics of keeping backyard bees to increase garden productivity, and reap sweet rewards.

Main photo by Rick Wetherbee. Inset photo by David Cavagnaro
Puffing smoke on a hive makes bees less aggressive.
Frank Siteman
Worker bees run the hive, feed and clean up after the queen, gather honey, pollen and water, keep the internal temperature of the hive constant, feed the larvae and build all the honey and brood comb.
Pat Crocker
Catching a wild swarm is the cheapest way to obtain your winged lifestock, if you know what you're doing.
David Cavagnaro
A beekeeper lifts a honey super to inspect the hive.
David Cavagnaro

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