Peek Over the Garden Fence

Bee Box

Photos by Valerie

box for bees

Back in the fall when we moved, we inherited a bee box.  It was the next best thing to a chicken coop! Bees help gardens thrive, pollinating away and then of course, there’s the honey. Often, when I’m having a tough day, I’ll escape down the garden path for a few minutes to check-in on my industrious friends. The hypnotic rhythm of their flight pattern centers me.

I finally had a bee box, but little idea what to do with it, save for my copy of The Beekeeper’s Bible . Enter Paul Cronshaw: a local Santa Barbara beekeeper, swarm catcher and educator, who will show us how to take care of our buzzers. Free of charge he will educate future beekeepers on how to handle the bees and extract honey for harvest.

bee honeycomb

A practice session, no bees involved.

honey comb girl

cronshaw honey

Paul brought a sample of the honey created from other boxes in our area and I have never tasted better honey in my life. The more I immerse myself into garden to table living, the more it changes my life. It’s not only satisfying to work in the garden, but the food you grow and harvest tastes so amazingly fresh you appreciate the flavors and the process with new understanding.

spring garden

Some fresh eggs would really make it complete, don’t you think?