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Why did my honey granulate?

This question, often followed by “What did I do wrong?” lands in my in-box nearly every day. No matter what you call it—sugaring, granulation, crystallization—it is an annoying and disappointing outcome, especially if it happens before you extract. To understand why it happens, you need to know something about sugars. Most often, we use the […] Read more

Why are all my bees at the top of the hive?

Yesterday a reader wrote to say that all her bees were in the top brood box and she didn’t recall this happening last year. She wanted to know if this was normal. The fact is that winter bees kept in a vertical hive will move up as they consume their stores. Remember that the bees […] Read more