Blogs & Tutorials

  • Feeding Your Bees

    Feeding Your Bees:  This is a surprisingly large topic, and we will not cover it comprehensively here. Instead, we will outline some basics, includ...
  • Getting Started in Beekeeping: Part 1

    An overview of the beehive and its components, as well as how to get your bees.
  • Colony Splits Tutorial Part 2

    Click this link for Part 2 of the Colony Splits Tutorial:  
  • Colony Splits Tutorial Part 1

    This is a four-part tutorial on colony splits.  You can access the first part, Basic Principles, with the link below: Colony Splits Basics Part 1: ...
  • Preparing Your Hives for Winter

    Temperatures are dropping and winter is looming. Winter preparations should be in place by now, but it is not too late to help your hive through wi...
  • Vivaldi Board™️ Primer: Part Three

    In the Vivaldi Board™️ Primer Part Two, we discussed the management of moisture and ventilation using a Vivaldi Board™️.  In Part Three, we shift o...
  • Vivaldi Board™️ Primer: Part Two

    In the last blog, we discussed hive ventilation, moisture and feeding as key factors in a healthy hive.  Experience tells us it is the combination ...
  • Vivaldi Board™️ Primer: Part One

    Since we introduced the first Vivaldi Board ™️, it has gained wide acceptance, but there is more utility to this product than many users realize.  This 3-part blog will review the attributes of the Vivaldi Board by talking about the motivation behind the initial Vivaldi board™️ development, the ongoing improvements we have made since it was introduced, and our latest developments in the pipeline.
  • Nucleus Hive Installation 2021

    Nucleus Hives and Heat Don’t wait.  Install the nucleus hive colony as soon as you get them home.   Nucleus hives are fully functioning small hives...
  • Our garden here at Hive & Garden

    We are located in the Willamette Valley in western Oregon where many nectar and pollen laden plants grow very well. Our garden is informal, but ful...
  • Oregon State Beekeepers Conference

    In the next few weeks, we will be posting a new line of hive top covers, a completely new Vivaldi board, a new bottom board with the best mite tray on the market, and a queen introduction frame that doubles as a queen sequestering frame.
  • Forage in Late Spring

     We have found that, here in the Willamette Valley, one of the better plants for honeybees in late spring and early summer is Phacelia tanacetifolia.  The bees work it well, it is easy to grow from seed in our soil, and is a good source of nectar and pollen.