Queen, Drone, Worker; How to Identify Different Bees

Bees are fascinating creatures. Once you realize they aren’t out to sting you, beekeeping gets much more fun. All of my hives have windows on them so you can see the bees in action. One thing you’ll notice when getting up close, is that some bees look drastically different than the others, mainly in their…

The Simple Way to Compost

Take 4ft wide hardware cloth and make it into a large loop. Zip tie it together at the ends, forming a large cylinder with open ends. Place it on the ground, or a piece of cardboard if it is located on the pavement. Fill it with your food waste; moldy leftovers, coffee grounds, paper towels,…

Making a Flint Striker with a Blacksmith Forge

I like making fire using more primitive methods. I have a great flint and steel kit that was gifted to me from my parents as a kid, but I’ve always wanted to make my own. I have some flint from a previous adventure. Now I just needed to craft the striker. After recently purchasing a…

Queen Cells in a Beehive

Every beehive only has one queen. She controls everything; the productivity, the location, even the overall mood. But in nature, there are predators; hungry birds, rival hornets, spiderwebs… So what occurs if the queen gets killed or dies? Bees create special elongated cells for creating a new queen. These cells are filled with a substance…

Making a Mug From a Tree Branch

With the tiny house being complete I finally had some spare time to just make something for fun. I’d seen some variations of viking mugs online, and what could go better in a tiny house than a HUGE mug… I started by selecting a limb I’d removed from a Black Walnut tree last year. Using…

What kind of beehive should I get?

If you’ve been thinking about getting started as a beekeeper, you’ll likely be wondering, “What type of beehive should I get?” In this post I will break down the pros and cons of the hives I’ve been using. There are two main style of hives that I use. One is called a Top Bar Hive,…