Bee Hive Blog

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Plant a bee-friendly garden

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The bad news: Colony collapse disorder (CCD), the global epidemic of diminishing bee populations, is a real and serious matter – especially considering that bees are essential for one out of three bites of food we eat.
 
The good news: Making a difference can start in your own backyard. Follow these steps and you’ll create a garden that’s both beautiful and beneficial.
 
Step 1: Begin with organic starts or untreated seeds to provide good food and a safe haven for bees. Attract honey bees with nectar-producing plants that bloom for a long period or time or at different intervals from spring to autumn. (See a list of bee-attracting flowers, plants, shrubs and trees at the end of this article.)
 
Step 2: Use alternative pest control methods, like landscaping, and weed by hand. Avoid using pesticides and herbicides, as many are toxic to bees and are thought to be at the core of CCD. Especially detrimental are products containing neonicotinoids, a class of neuro-active insecticides that include acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam.
 
Step 3: Encourage bees by providing a source of fresh water such as a fountain or pond. Native bees will make their home in the sand or in single living units underground. Leave an unmulched space or an undisturbed pile of sand for them to set up housekeeping.
 
 
Here’s a partial list of tried-and-true bee attractors:
 
 
Annuals
• Asters • Calliopsis • Clover • Dandelions • Marigolds • Poppies • Sunflowers • Zinnias
 
Perennials
• Buttercups • Clematis • Cosmos • Crocuses • Dahlias • Echinacea • English Ivy • Foxglove • Geraniums • Germander • Globe Thistle • Hollyhocks • Hyacinth • Rock Cress • Roses • Sedum • Snowdrops • Squills • Tansy • Yellow Hyssop
 

Garden Plants 
• Blackberries • Cantaloupe • Cucumbers • Gourds • Peppers • Pumpkins • Raspberries • Squash • Strawberries • Watermelons • Wild Garlic
 
Herbs 
• Bee Balm  • Borage • Catnip • Coriander/Cilantro • Fennel • Lavender • Mints • Rosemary • Sage • Thyme
 

Shrubs 
• Blueberry • Butterfly Bush • Button Bush • Honeysuckle • Indigo • Privet
 

Trees 
• Alder • American Holly • Basswood • Black Gum • Black Locust • Buckeyes • Catalpa • Eastern Redbud • Fruit Trees (especially Crabapples) • Golden Rain Tree • Hawthorns • Hazels • Linden • Magnolia • Maples • Mountain Ash • Sycamore • Tulip • Poplar • Willow

 

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Monday, February 24, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Monday, February 03, 2014

Sweets We Love

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Who can resist spoiling his or her sweetie with sweets on Valentine’s Day? This year, skip the boxed chocolate and show your honey how much you care with a surprise batch of these homemade treats!
 


Sue Bee Honey & Cream Cheese Chocolate Truffles




Happy Valentines Honey Cookies from Emily Krbec



Sue Bee Chcoolate Orange Fondue



Honey Chocolate Cupcakes from bakeaholic



Sue Bee Honey Sweetheart Brownies



White Chip Madadamia Cookies



Honey Strawberry Dip



Nutella Peanut Butter, Honey & Dried Cranberry Brown Rice Crispy Treats from Savoring The Thyme

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Sunday, February 02, 2014

DIY Honey Bear Vase

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Like most holidays, the gift you give your honey on Valentine's Day isn't about what you spend ... it's about the thought behind the gift. And making your gift from scratch will always score you extra points. This craft idea is perfect for children and adults and is a fun way to turn an ordinary gift into a meaningful one. Enjoy!

Start with a Sue Bee Honey Bear bottle. You can squeeze the honey from a full or opened bottle into a honey dipper if you don't have an empty bottle on hand.

Remove the cap of the bottle and carefully poke holes along the edge of the cap as shown below.

Using a knife, carefully pierce the plastic along the holes and remove the ring.

Now it's time to paint your Honey Bear. Remember to lay down paper and stand at a safe distance to avoid getting any paint on yourself. It took us two coats to obtain the desired coating.

For an added element, take a doily of any shape and fold it in half. Then cut along the fold to form a half heart that will stretch across the front of the Honey Bear.

You can decorate the doily however you please or simply use it as a "To/From" tag.

Once your paint is dry, you're ready to put the cap back on your Honey Bear and attach the doily using adhesive spray. 

Fill in the eyes if you so desire with black marker or paint, add your flowers and voila! You've got a simply-to-make Honey Bear Vase for your honey this Valentine's Day!

 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tasty Game Day Bites

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Having friends over for the big game? Great. You'll need plenty of snacks to keep their hungers satisfied. Check out some of our favorite game day bites.

Honey-Glazed Chicken Wings

Sue Bee Honey Super Bowl of Chili

Sue Bee Honey Grilled Chicken

Sesame Honey Snack Mix

Sue Bee Honey Ham Balls

Sue Bee Honey Mustard Beer Brats

Sue Bee Honey’s Mini Ham and Cheese Rolls

Sue Bee Meatball Appetizers

Sue Bee Honey Snack Mix

Sue Bee Honey Special BBQ Ribs

Follow our Tasty Game Day Bites Pinboard on Pinterest for more recipes. 

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