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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 • 155 Ratings

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

    I’m Back! Lots to tell you about: Split results, combines, laying worker help (101)

    I’m Back! Lots to tell you about: Split results, combines, laying worker help (101)

    In this episode: LOVING the runaway (or flyback) split after all! / comparisons of other types of splits / tips for newspaper combines / tips for fixing a laying worker colony.  I go on and on since I have lots of built up stuff to tell you! Please forgive me on that (and ignore the JET going overhead during the middle ). So glad to be back in the bees and back chatting with you! Leigh

     

     


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    About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She cares for around a 'beekeeper's dozen' of hives in a rural, high elevation Appalachian forest climate. Colonies are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor, genetic diversity and disease resistance, but without chemical treatments. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year. 

    • 43 min
    Episode 100! Double Screen Board Love

    Episode 100! Double Screen Board Love

    Episode 100! Double Screen Board Love


     


    Links mentioned in the episode:
    This is the link (free and open to everyone) if you are interested in the book and Bee Culture subscription mentioned in celebration of this 100th episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-100-love-65588303
     


    Bob Binnie on splitting with a double screen board. Please note he is using queen cells so the compartment without flying bees for a while after the split does NOT have to feed and raise the queen cells. I mention this important detail in the pod episode too... https://youtu.be/Z62UwOLfdMo


     
    The Apiarist blog post on making vertical splits using a 'split board' that I mentioned: https://www.theapiarist.org/vertical-splits-making-increase/ I'll be doing a video explainer and a printable recipe for patrons on vertical splits to accompany the next episode.
     


     


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    About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She cares for around a 'beekeeper's dozen' of hives in a rural, high elevation Appalachian forest climate. Colonies are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor, genetic diversity and disease resistance, but without chemical treatments. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year. 



     

     
     

    • 36 min
    Thinking about Splits (99)

    Thinking about Splits (99)

    Thinking about Splits (99) - Hi Patrons! Hit me up with your questions about splits in the comments of the show post at Patreon and I'd be happy to try to help ! 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. She cares for around a 'beekeeper's dozen' of hives in a rural, high elevation Appalachian forest climate. Colonies are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor, genetic diversity and disease resistance, but without chemical treatments. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year. 



     

    • 46 min
    Compilation on The Nucleus Split Method (98)

    Compilation on The Nucleus Split Method (98)

    Hi everyone! This is a compilation episode of previous patreon-only episodes 66 and 85-- both on the Nucleus Split method which I use a lot. It's simple, pretty safe* even if the weather is still cool. Also gives a brood break to the great majority of the bees which helps lessen mite reproduction.
     


    (*as long as you make sure the queen retirement nuc has plenty of bees to cover the frames on cold nights AND as long as you GO BACK to the queenless portion ON TIME to either pull queen cell frames and staff to mating nucs/queen castes...OR to cull the queen cells down to ONE. All this is explained in this audio compilation!)


     
    Contents:


    Introduction / fundraiser for World Central Kitchen wck.org who is currently supporting the citizens of Ukraine...and a way to get yourself some Five Apple Farm honey as a bonus when you donate / Local support to Common Ground of Eastern North Carolina on behalf of the listeners / SEGMENT 1: A reading from The Apiarist, a favorite blog out of Scotland with his how-to on making nucleus splits (66) / SEGMENT 2: My discussion of making nucleus splits (85) and a tale of a split gone wild.


    Enjoy! For the patrons I'll be posting a downloadable 'recipe' for the basic nucleus split as well as some variations I use to make more queens with it!


    kind regards, Leigh
     


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    About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She cares for around a 'beekeeper's dozen' of hives in a rural, high elevation Appalachian forest climate. Colonies are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor, genetic diversity and disease resistance, but without chemical treatments. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year. 



     

    • 56 min
    Bookmark for Bonus episode (97) for Patrons: Thoughts on the Interview

    Bookmark for Bonus episode (97) for Patrons: Thoughts on the Interview

    Bonus episode (97) for Patrons: Thoughts on the Interview


    A rambling recount of tidbits I took away from the Ang Roell interview and the study results and how it will affect splits in my own beekeeping....but also drawing your attention to bits of info that were small in mention but HUGE in importance. Hope you enjoy. THANK YOU PATRONS!! Leigh
     

    Please check out the PDF " Walk Away Split Recipe & Fact Sheet" available free at https://www.theykeepbees.com/beekeeping-classes for context. Hope you enjoy! Leigh
     


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    • 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! 
     


    If you can support the show with $3 a month or more, 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. She cares for around a 'beekeeper's dozen' of hives in a rural, high elevation Appalachian forest climate. Colonies are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor, genetic diversity and disease resistance, but without chemical treatments. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year. 

    • 6 min
    Ang Roell Interview Part 2 (96)

    Ang Roell Interview Part 2 (96)

    Ang Roell Interview Part 2 (96)


    In this portion with dig deeper into the factors affecting queen quality in the study as well as wander on some enjoyable tangents! Please check out the PDF " Walk Away Split Recipe & Fact Sheet" available free at www.theykeepbees.com for context. Hope you enjoy! 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 podcasts and early access episodes
    • Access to Patreon blog posts including tips and videos
    • 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! 
     


    If you can support the show with $3 a month or more, please sign up today: https://www.patreon.com/fiveapple


    --


    About Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm: Leigh keeps bees at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She cares for around a 'beekeeper's dozen' of hives in a rural, high elevation Appalachian forest climate. Colonies are managed for bee health with active selection for vigor, genetic diversity and disease resistance, but without chemical treatments. The apiary is self-sustaining (not needing to buy/catch replacement bees since 2010) and produces honey and nucs most every year. 

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

privileged in the deep woods ,

Beginner beekeeper doing splits

I’m still new to the beekeeping world and will use the split episodes next year when I need to split. Keep up the great work!!

AAONSM ,

Episode 101

Leigh,
As usual, you have provided the perfect information at the perfect time! I am going to try Ang Roell’s runaway split today. I am leaving town and won’t be home to perform the ten day queen cell cut down requirement for your preferred split recipe.
Thanks again for your great, timely advice!
Mary

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.

She is so real sharing her experiences and passion that you can’t help wanting to bee-friend her!

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