Bee Box

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?

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6 thoughts on “Bee Box”

I have bee’s and they are the BEST. If you have allergies and eat one teaspoon a day from the honey your plant allergies will go away. Also eating honeycomb will help you be slim.

I am glad you are getting help with the bees, lot’s of people here have them, especially the Amish, but I am afraid of the bee diseases. I get great local honey from the Amish store. Also have lots of bees in my garden, they love my flowers. So I have good pollination, and they never bother me, all part of the cycle.

My father had bees when he was farming. I helped him put up 52 quarts of honey one Autumn day. He had 3 hives. Best honey in the world! I do not have my own hives, but did take a class at our community college on what it takes to start your own hives. You are lucky you have the hive established and ready to produce honey. Just beware of Pooh Bear. 😉

Many people have lost there bees because of the drought, mites and pesticides. I rescue hundreds of hives all over Santa Barbara every year and feel that 2016 was one of the worst years for bees. I found your site looking for photos of bees in Santa Barbara and wanted to say they are great. Let me know if you need any help with bee. Nick the Beekeeper @ Super Bee Rescue

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