Hello! My name is Lani and I’ve just set up my first (top bar) hive. Last year I took Matt’s beginning beekeeping class and have been super excited for this day!
We live in a rural neighborhood, just south of Salem, on a quarter acre lot. A few years ago I began really paying attention to what is happening to our world and the impact it is having on ALL living creatures. Anyway, I now garden (food & flowers) with no g.m.o.'s, have free ranging backyard chickens, (am attempting to) become a beekeeper, and next year hope to have two dwarf nubian dairy goats
I’ve baited my hive with lemongrass oil and soooo hope to lure in a swarm. (If anybody knows of someone in the Willmette Valley that may have one they need to get rid of…) I am fighting with myself to keep from moving the hive (done it twice already) because I think, "if I were a bee scout, would I like this spot?
One last remark!
In Matts bee class he tells a story about feeding a bee who later returned with her mates. Yesterday I noticed a bee on the outdoor blinds at the back of the house. It had been there since the day before. Remembering Matts story, I put a dab of local honey near the bee and about 3 hours later she flew off!! She hasn’t returned with any friends, but, I am sure she lived