Beginning Beekeeping Part Four: Open Feeding

Part four of our beginning beekeeping series focuses on open feeding. When you get that package of bees, or when the bees are coming out of winter, they are going to be out scouring for food. Open feeding is an easy way to ensure that bees don’t starve while nature catches up and there is nectar and pollen for bees. This open feeder is cheap (free) and easy to build.

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How To Make Homemade Jalapeno Cheddar Bread

There are few things in the world that make a house smell as good as a fresh loaf of home made bread. This jalapeno cheddar garlic bread certainly does the trick. It’s swirled with tasty bits of goodness, and we even show you how to make it into a pepperoni cheese bread.  RECIPE IS BELOW THE VIDEO

Basic White Bread Recipe:

1 package of active dry yeast

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon salt (unless using self rising flour)

2 tablespoons oil

6-7 cups of flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water then add sugar, salt, oil and about half the flour

Begin mixing mixture until it looks like a thick soup

Add remaining flour about 1/2 cup at a time until it forms a dough ball that cleans sides of mixing bowl.

Remove from mixing bowl, form into ball, place in greased bowl, and cover in warm place for about 1.5 hours.

THIS IS WHERE YOU FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING THE TWIST IN THE VIDEO.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Let cool on wire rack, then enjoy.

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Beginning Beekeeping: Part Three- Bee Suit Review

You will see many beekeepers who tend bees without the use of a suit. At times, I do the same, but there will also be times when you want a suit. When you get one, this is one area where you get what you pay for.

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Beginning Beekeeping: Part Two- Hive Components

Part two of the beginning beekeeping series. Once you figure out if you have a good spot to put hives, it’s time to figure out what you actually need.

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Beginning Beekeeping: Hive Location

This is the first post of many about how to start beekeeping. Before you ever order bees, equipment, or anything else, you must determine where your hives will be located. Hive location can have a huge impact on the success of your beekeeping adventure. Watch and see some of the considerations you need to make when determining hive location, and subscribe to keep up to date on all things beekeeping and homesteading.

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Tasco 6MP Trail Game Camera Set Up and Review

These little guys are $25 a piece at Wal Mart. I’ve needed new game cameras for some time, and my wife and daughter got me these for my birthday this year. I have to say, I’m impressed. For $25 I can get several and have them all over the place.

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Pallet Project: Pig / Hog House

Pork Chop has been here for a bit, and it’s high time he got his own place. We go back to the old standby building material, pallets. This one is pretty quick and easy, assuming you have just a bit of scrap tin and 2x4s around, you’ll not spend much of anything on this.

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Gifts for Beekeepers and Homesteaders

It is that time of year. The time when so many people are struggling to come up with gift ideas for that special someone. Some people are easy to buy for, while others are rather difficult. If you have a beekeeper or homesteader on your list, there are options that are both affordable, and he/she will love them.Beekeeping supplies- For the beekeeper on your list, there are plenty of supplies and tools we use. Some are rather durable and don’t need regular replacing. Others tend to wear out or be used up. Continue reading

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Honey Bee Forage: Propagating Fruit Trees

Bees need food. In an effort to increase the size of our orchard, as well as increase the spring forage for our honey bees, we are giving a go at propagating fruit trees this fall.

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Product Review: Husqvarna 450 Rancher Chainsaw

I’ve had this saw for a few years. I do tend to baby it a bit, in that I try to wipe it down and keep it looking new every now and then. I generally use it for cutting firewood each year for myself and my mother in law, as well as general clearing around the homestead. I figured I have had it and used it enough I could justify a decent review of it.

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