Hey all! I hope to do a lot of research about many things that interest me. Recently I went to the library and picked up quite a few books on various things such as, beekeeping, greenhouse growing, seed saving, edible landscaping, and even a book called "So You Want to Start a Nursery". My plan is to read/watch whatever I pick up, and talk about it here for you. I am not sure how helpful I'll be, but maybe you'll want to check them out for yourself!
Chemicals in beekeeping have been used to keep mites, pests, and disease at bay. However, it's come to the time when the pests, mites, and diseases have developed a resistance to these chemicals - because of this, these issues are harder than ever to prevent or even manage. It seems as though the use of chemicals have made bee problems even worse. It is only natural that more organic ways of preventing, managing, and dealing with these issues are now being explored and implemented.
In the video Conrad talks about many organic and natural ways that he uses to deal with mites, pests, and diseases. My favorite is the 'Powdered Sugar" method for dealing with the Varroa Mites. Powdered sugar is just the right tiny size to act as marbles underneath the mites' feet, causing them to lose their grip and fall to the bottom of the hive. If you have a hive with a wired bottom, you can collect these mites by using a sort of pan, or something and maybe oil, or something sticky, and dispose of them! Bees already have a relationship with sugar, so introducing powdered sugar to them is no problem. Cool, right?? There is, however, some controversy on the Powdered Sugar Treatment, but you can do the research and decide that for yourself. I can say that I would definitely give it a go.
Conrad also talks about ways that bees communicate with one another. I found it really interesting to learn about the 'dance' that they do to communicate location, distance, and quality of food found by one of the forage scouts. I loved how they 'dance' or rather, shake their booty, more vigorously depending on if it's high quality food or not. They ultimately share some of the bounty with other interested bees and then they too, join in on the dance! Can we say, DANCE PARTY?!
Overall, I found the whole video to be very informative. I was kept interested the whole time, even though the delivery was a bit bland. Now that I have gone to two other talks to compare, the others made me laugh a bit (I suppose I expected all beekeepers to be funny!), whereas Conrad was lacking on humor and lightheartedness, I suppose beekeeping is pretty serious! It is, but, humor is always great! However, where Conrad was lacking in humor, he more than made up with new (to me) and very interesting information!
I would recommend this video, Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad, to new and experienced beekeepers alike! He covers information from the basics of setting up a hive and equipment, pest control, hive splitting, behavior, health and even some basic info on collecting honey! He has a book with nearly the same name, and after watching this video, Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture seems like a book that I would be really interested in reading!
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