Kathy Niven gave a very informative class on the basics of Beekeeping saturday at Love Apple Farm in Ben Lomond. Kathy’s enthusiasm for beekeeping got me super excited about getting a few hives to add to the farm. Beekeeping is a complex hobby and requires time and constant attention to detail. Because of the pending storms in our area, we were not able to see her do a complete hive inspection on the two hives she maintains at Love Apple Farm, however it gave her a chance to address some key points about the bee’s behavior when weather conditions change and that was really interesting. All the basics were covered and Kathy and her husband had some wonderful anecdotal stories to give us all some perspective. They also brought tons of ideas on putting everything the Bee Hive creates to use, including this great idea for a fire starter.
Bee’s Slump Fire Starter
After melting down wax from your hive, take the left over black residue, bee parts 🙂 and other yuck from the strainer and ball it up in a golf ball sized chunk. Wrap the ball with a layer of dryer lint. Then, place the ball in a cell of a cardboard egg carton and, viola!!! Fire starter for your wood burning stove, fireplace or fire p