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Sustainable beekeeping talk and techniques from a North Carolina mountain apiary.

Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm Podcast Leigh Knott

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    • 4.8 • 144 Ratings

Sustainable beekeeping talk and techniques from a North Carolina mountain apiary.

    I'm in love with the Layens hive...

    I'm in love with the Layens hive...

    I'm in love with the Layens hive... (86)


    Here's the long rambling story of how I accidentally fell in love with a Layens hive and got one going in my yard as an experiment....and plan to gradually transition to a similar hive style in the future (once I build it compatible with Lang frame width).  Photos and links mentioned are found here and available to all: 


    https://www.patreon.com/posts/51674430


     





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    About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with around a dozen-ish stands. Hives are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor, genetic diversity and disease resistance. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year.




     

    • 46 min
    Making Nucleus Splits (85)

    Making Nucleus Splits (85)

    [BOOKMARK...plus a tip on bees vs calendars] In the full episode: Back in Episode 66 (another Patron-exclusive podcast) we covered how to make a "Nucleus Split" according to the recipe over at The Apiarist blog. The Nucleus Split has been my split of choice this particular Spring. Most times it goes swimmingly! Other times, split gets real. ;-) Either way, it gives excellent results in a split that can be used to make one or multiple new colonies -- all without risking your mother colony. Thank you to every Patron who keeps this podcast going!
    kind regards, Leigh
     


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    Please become a "Friend of the Podcast" on Patreon and join the folks who make the podcasts possible! In addition to huge gratitude, you get:


    • BONUS podcast or early access episode every month!
    • Access to Patreon
    • blog posts including "Tip of the Week"
    • Special Q&A posts to ask me questions about YOUR bees • Input on the podcast topics
    • Shout-outs on the show because I appreciate you! 
     


    You can support this podcast you are able to share $1 or up a month, please sign up today: https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple


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    About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with around a dozen-ish stands. Hives are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor, genetic diversity and disease resistance. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year.




     

    • 4 min
    Hive Record Keeping Ramble (84)

    Hive Record Keeping Ramble (84)

    Hive Record Keeping Ramble (84)


    Just how many ways can a person keep hive notes? As many ways as there are people keeping bees. And for some of us there may be a slightly different way every year...


    Hope you enjoy. How are you keeping your hive records?


    kind regards, Leigh
     


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    Please become a "Friend of the Podcast" on Patreon and join the folks who make the podcasts possible! In addition to huge gratitude, you get:


    • BONUS podcast or early access episode every month! • Access to Patreon blog posts including "Tip of the Week" • Special Q&A posts to ask me questions about YOUR bees • Input on the podcast topics • Shout-outs on the show because I appreciate you!


    You can support this podcase If you are able to share $1 or up a month, please sign up today: https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple


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    About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with around a dozen hives. Hives are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor, genetic diversity and disease resistance. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year.

    • 37 min
    Early Spring Inspections, encore (83)

    Early Spring Inspections, encore (83)

    Here we go! Things are starting up for real in the mountains of North Carolina. This episode is a new intro and then a discussion of inspections I shared last year with the Patreon listeners. Happy Spring! Leigh


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    Please become a "Friend of the Podcast" on Patreon and join the folks who make the podcasts possible! In addition to huge gratitude, you get:


    • BONUS podcast or early access episode every month! • Access to Patreon blog posts including "Tip of the Week" • Special Q&A posts to ask me questions about YOUR bees • Input on the podcast topics • Shout-outs on the show because I appreciate you!


    You can support this podcase If you are able to share $1 or up a month, please sign up today: https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple


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    About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with around a dozen-ish stands. Hives are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor, genetic diversity and disease resistance. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year.

    • 40 min
    Bee Season 2021 Begins!! (82)

    Bee Season 2021 Begins!! (82)

    Bee Season 2021 Begins!!  (82)


     


    Mentioned in this episode: 


    The Lives of Bees by Tom Seeley


    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42585085-the-lives-of-bees


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    Please become a "Friend of the Podcast" on Patreon and join the folks who make the podcasts possible! In addition to huge gratitude, you get:


    • BONUS podcast or early access episode every month!
    • Access to Patreon blog posts including "Tip of the Week"
    • Special Q&A posts to ask me questions about YOUR bees
    • Input on the podcast topics
    • Shout-outs on the show because I appreciate you!


    You can support this podcase If you are able to share $1 or up a month, please sign up today: https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple


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    About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with around a dozen-ish stands. Hives are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor, genetic diversity and disease resistance. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year.


     

    • 21 min
    Update from Leigh.... (Ep 81, but not really)

    Update from Leigh.... (Ep 81, but not really)

    Update from Leigh.... (Ep 81, but not really)


     


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    Please become a "Friend of the Podcast" on Patreon and join the folks who make the podcasts possible! In addition to huge gratitude, you get:


    • BONUS podcast or early access episode every month!
    • Access to Patreon blog posts including "Tip of the Week"
    • Special Q&A posts to ask me questions about YOUR bees
    • Input on the podcast topics
    • Shout-outs on the show because I appreciate you!


    You can now join for as little as $1 a month, as times are tough for so many. If you are able and would like to support this podcast, please sign up today: https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple


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    About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with around a dozen-ish stands. Hives are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor, genetic diversity and disease resistance. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year.


     

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

nsbann ,

1st year!!!

Leigh helps make the challenge of the 1st year easier to understand. Some topics are over our heads but as we are committed we like hearing about what is coming. Love the great attitude. Some episodes are so important to our 1st year we have listened several times.

Katie from HĀNAI HIVES ,

I can’t get enough!

I just keep checking for more podcasts, think it might be time to sign up for her patron subscription!

Best for fitness ,

Down to earth

Feels like chatting bees with a friend

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