Beech Bluff Bees

Beech Bluff Bees The Scott family is continuing a tradition of family-based, locally operated beekeeping in Tennessee - a tradition spanning four generations of Tennessee beekeepers.
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In our partnership with our bees, we produce pure local honey plus a number of products from the hive including handmade soap, lip balms, skin creams, hand salves, and more - all made by hand using our own honey and beeswax.

Inspected the bees today - what a beautiful brood pattern this queen has! (if you click the pic, there's animation...)
03/10/2018
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Inspected the bees today - what a beautiful brood pattern this queen has! (if you click the pic, there's animation...)

I don't care what your calendar (or your groundhog) says - it's Spring in the Bluff! The maples are in bloom and the bee...
02/20/2018
Beech Bluff Bees

I don't care what your calendar (or your groundhog) says - it's Spring in the Bluff! The maples are in bloom and the bees are bringing in pollen. That means the Queen Bee has started to lay eggs and the hive population will start to take off! We're running a week earlier than last year.

The bees are bringing in Maple pollen today - about a week earlier than last year - so a repost is in order:

02/04/2018

It's been above 50 F in the Bluff the last couple of days, and the bees have been active. Fed 'em a little sugar syrup today to help get them through till the trees start blooming in a couple of weeks and they really come alive!

Maples are blooming in Jackson... a great early source of pollen for the bees, but alas, I fear it is too early. The bee...
02/12/2017
New photo by John S Scott

Maples are blooming in Jackson... a great early source of pollen for the bees, but alas, I fear it is too early. The bees will get active, the queen will start laying, they'll eat what few stores they have left... only to have it turn cold again.

05/14/2016
Beech Bluff Bees

Beech Bluff Bees

Nice day in the bee yard - hived a swarm that I trapped a couple of weeks ago, and harvested honey. Time to go fire up the extractor...

05/14/2016

Nice day in the bee yard - hived a swarm that I trapped a couple of weeks ago, and harvested honey. Time to go fire up the extractor...

The bees are bringing in Maple pollen today - about a week earlier than last year - so a repost is in order:
02/27/2016
When Is It Spring?

The bees are bringing in Maple pollen today - about a week earlier than last year - so a repost is in order:

Child: "Mom, it isn't my bedtime yet!" Mom: "It's your bedtime, when I say it's your bedtime!" When it comes to a child's bedtime, it doesn't matter what the clock says - it's bedtime when momma sa...

Two and one half hours in the 90+ degree heat today in a bee suit is enough for me. That's especially true while lifting...
07/10/2015
Summer Time is Hard on the Beekeeper… and the Bees

Two and one half hours in the 90+ degree heat today in a bee suit is enough for me. That's especially true while lifting heavy boxes of bees and weed-eating around their hives. As I age, the heat is harder and harder to deal with. It's hard on the bees too. In some areas of the country, beekeepers look forward to summer as the peak time for honey production. [ 294 more words. ]

http://www.scottapiaries.com/summer-time-is-hard-on-the-beekeeper-and-the-bees/

Two and one half hours in the 90+ degree heat today in a bee suit is enough for me. That's especially true while lifting heavy boxes of bees and weed-eating around their hives. As I age, the heat i...

From Bee Culture, a report on the incredible amount of rain we've had across the country this year: The May precipitatio...
06/19/2015
The Weather… and Honey Production

From Bee Culture, a report on the incredible amount of rain we've had across the country this year: The May precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 4.36 inches, 1.45 inches above average. This was the wettest May on record and the all-time wettest month in 121-years of record keeping. Looking at the map, it's clear that the areas that were far above average are mostly to the West of our area, though May was wet for us as well. [ 296 more words. ]

http://www.scottapiaries.com/the-weather-and-honey-production/

From Bee Culture, a report on the incredible amount of rain we've had across the country this year: The May precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 4.36 inches, 1.45 inches above average. T...

06/05/2015

Hot, hot day in a bee suit in Jackson Tennessee... but first day in a while I've a) been home and b) not been deluged with rain - or at least threatening clouds.

Flashback: Five Years Ago Today http://wp.me/p2uzGS-5D
05/01/2015
Flashback: Five Years Ago Today

Flashback: Five Years Ago Today http://wp.me/p2uzGS-5D

On May 1, Jackson TN experienced almost 15″ of rain and extensive flooding. The Forked Deer river flooded and backed up the surrounding creeks, including Harris Creek, which flows near our property. Harris Creek diverted across our land, and washed our bee hives away. A total loss. May Day! Flood destroys apiary

Another Sweet Little Swarm… http://wp.me/p2uzGS-5s
04/30/2015
Another Sweet Little Swarm...

Another Sweet Little Swarm… http://wp.me/p2uzGS-5s

...that I brought home and added to my backyard apiary today. Ain't swarm season great? Thanks to Complete Termite and Pest Control of Humboldt for the call! [ 1 more word. ]

04/24/2015

Yesterday, 23 Apr, is the anniversary of the latest freeze we've ever had on record in Jackson... chances are, we are done with freezing weather for this year.

Tennesseans, Yes, You Can Have a Hive http://wp.me/p2uzGS-5j
04/24/2015
Tennesseans, Yes, You Can Have a Hive

Tennesseans, Yes, You Can Have a Hive http://wp.me/p2uzGS-5j

As I read about the struggles some folks have in other areas, trying to get laws repealed that prohibit beekeeping, I'm so thankful this is the law in Tennessee: No county, municipality, consolidated government, or other political subdivision of this state shall adopt or continue in effect any ordinance or resolution prohibiting the establishment or maintenance of honeybees in hives, provided that such establishment or maintenance is in compliance with this chapter. [ 61 more words. ]

The 2015 Swarm Season is Here http://wp.me/p2uzGS-5f
04/19/2015
The 2015 Swarm Season is Here

The 2015 Swarm Season is Here http://wp.me/p2uzGS-5f

I captured my first swarm of the season today. The day today started fairly gloomy and overcast, much like the whole week has been. We've had rain nearly every day this week, and lots of overcast skies. At about noon I took a walk around our place to see what was in bloom. There's still plenty of dandelions and the dogwoods are still in full bloom, but the big news this week is the onset of the black locust bloom. [ 171 more words. ]

04/18/2015

1st swarm of the season today!

Taking It to the Next Level – Growing as a Beekeeper http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4w
04/09/2015
Taking It to the Next Level - Growing as a Beekeeper

Taking It to the Next Level – Growing as a Beekeeper http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4w

There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn. [ 1726 more words. ]

That Queen is “Bona Fide”! http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4S
03/23/2015
That Queen is "Bona Fide"!

That Queen is “Bona Fide”! http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4S

It's 72 degrees and sunny this afternoon in Jackson, a great day for the first top-to-bottom hive inspections of the year. Went through two hives, both three mediums deep. There isn't a much better sight in the world to a beekeeper to see his queen doing work of this caliber in the hive in the spring: Both of the hives I checked were in great shape, full of bees, stacked with brood, plenty of honey and pollen in the hive to feed the new brood, and no swarm cells - though one hive seems right on the edge with very little room for the queen to lay. [ 24 more words. ]

Swarm Traps http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4O
03/22/2015
Swarm Traps

Swarm Traps http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4O

The bees started bringing in maple pollen two weeks ago. Here in Jackson, that's really when you know that the queen is starting to lay, and the real beginning of the hive build up for the honey flow. Since then, the dandelions, henbit, daffodils, forsythia bushes, and a few ornamental trees have started to bloom, and plenty more is budding and just on the cusp of blooming. [ 508 more words. ]

Serenity Prayer Beekeeping? http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4H
03/10/2015
Serenity Prayer Beekeeping?

Serenity Prayer Beekeeping? http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4H

In my stream today, there was an article with the title "A new theory for why the bees are vanishing". Despite the title, there's nothing really new here, but there is something that bears repeating. The article reiterates (in different words) what you've seen here before: that the “three Ps” – pesticides, poor nutrition, and pests – make a deadly combination. [ 252 more words. ]

When Is It Spring? http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4E
03/07/2015
When Is It Spring?

When Is It Spring? http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4E

Child: "Mom, it isn't my bedtime yet!" Mom: "It's your bedtime, when I say it's your bedtime!" When it comes to a child's bedtime, it doesn't matter what the clock says - it's bedtime when momma says it's bedtime. When is it spring? You may be tempted to answer March 20th or 21st, the first day of spring on most calendars. [ 266 more words. ]

03/05/2015

Happy the man who dreaming see,
the little humble busy bees
Flying humming round their hive.

Jackson Area Beekeeper Association – Beekeeping Short Course http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4t
02/26/2015
Jackson Area Beekeeper Association - Beekeeping Short Course

Jackson Area Beekeeper Association – Beekeeping Short Course http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4t

Interested in beekeeping, but don't know where to start? A Short Course is a great option. Experienced beekeepers provide information and advice about the equipment that you need and all kinds of information about how to take care of the bees. There's usually lots of time for Q&A, and you make wonderful beekeeping contacts that can serve as mentors. If you're in Jackson/West Tennessee, here's your opportunity to attend one. [ 94 more words. ]

This sounds like a great idea.
02/26/2015
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This sounds like a great idea.

Beekeeping can be a rewarding hobby that develops into a relaxing past time, part-time "cottage industry" business or perhaps even a full-time endeavor. With so many "Heroes" in our midst, many of them suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it seemed logical to believe that by introd…

A solution for 2 days out of the beekeeping year… http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4p
02/24/2015
A solution for 2 days out of the beekeeping year...

A solution for 2 days out of the beekeeping year… http://wp.me/p2uzGS-4p

Great point that is missing from my post on the Flow hive from this author: No matter what anyone says, the Flow™ hive does not revolutionize beekeeping. Not even close. If the system works as the creators claim, it could perhaps revolutionize honey harvesting. But the rest of beekeeping—the daily caring for bees—does not change. The idea that anyone can have honey on tap without having to mess with bees is a myth. [ 115 more words. ]

The Flow Hive… Honey on Tap? http://wp.me/p2uzGS-3S
02/23/2015
The Flow Hive... Honey on Tap?

The Flow Hive… Honey on Tap? http://wp.me/p2uzGS-3S

My first reaction to the Flow Hive was, "wait, what?!?!?" The Flow Hive has been all over social media for at least the last week. Several people have sent me links. There's quite a bit of "buzz" (yes, I went there) about it - good and bad. I've seen a couple of non-beekeepers and new beekeepers excited about it, and chomping at the bit to find out how to get one. [ 1125 more words. ]

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John, I'm trying to get an email address for you in hopes you'll help promote bringing "The Pollinators" to Jackson on November 6, along with 23 other cities. Here's the trailer for the movie. Please email me at [email protected] if you can help attract an audience to show the film in Jackson on that day. Thanks. Bernie Ellis, MA, MPH Trace View Farm