After all the fun we had setting up the Funky Chicken Farm we're expanding the This Way Up Suburban Home Food Production Initiative (or TWUSHFPI for short). Over the next few months we're buzzing around in my backyard with the bee team.
We're setting up a bee hive next to the Funky Chicken Farm. The plan's to get that honey flowing while at the same time spreading the love and getting a bit of pollination happening in the 'hood. Audio
The big day when the bees arrive at my place. The hives are painted, we've waxed the plastic frames where the bees will start to build comb. For most new beekeepers this is how you'd get your first… Audio
Frank Lindsay, who's a commercial beekeeper, drops round with the swarm he's been looking after and gets me to open my hive and merge the two colonies. The reason for merging the two colonies is to… Audio
The queen bee's gone AWOL and taken thousands of workers with her! I got back for a relaxing few weeks away and checked the hive, sadly there were hardly any bees and no fresh eggs or larvae. It looks… Audio
Toxic honey's been in the news recently. The culprit's tutin, a toxin that gets produced when bees gather honeydew from the sap-sucking vine hopper insect on tutu bushes. So if you're a backyard… Audio