Archives: beekeeping

Capturing a swarm of bees: follow-up

June 14, 2020 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: beekeeping.

Last week after writing a bit about capturing a swarm of bees, my old friend Hal M. wrote: Jim, very interesting, but how do you “put” them in a box. And don’t say “very carefully.” So, I decided I should say a bit more about swarms. Actually, “very carefully” would not be a good answer in any • Read More »

The name we should know besides Stradivarius, the fascination of the garden, “tartan noir,” and more: newsletter, June 12, 2020

June 13, 2020 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: beekeeping, journalism, newsletter, writers, writing.

This newsletter was sent to everyone on Jim’s email list (2,569) on Friday, June 12, 2020.   We are well into the garden season, and tomatoes are appearing on the vines and blooms on the bean plants. Potatoes, sometimes, produce a single, beautiful blossom late in the life of the plant. I say “sometimes” because • Read More »

The purpose of the honeybee

November 1, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: beekeeping, books, journalism.

Bees give us honey. It’s a wonderful food, and many people make a living by harvesting and selling honey. Bees also pollinate many of our crops. Some estimate that up to 30 percent of what we eat is on our tables because of honeybees. Important as these activities are to humans, neither is central to • Read More »

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The New York Times gets buzzed by the bee fad

June 26, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: beekeeping, journalism.

The New York Times is often cited by me as a balanced, thoroughly researched, and well-written source of information. But in a recent article about the supposed health benefits of bee products  (The Wellness World’s Buzzy New Best Friend – The New York Times), such as honey and pollen, the Times reporter, who shall go • Read More »

Watercolors for the beekeepers

November 10, 2016 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: beekeeping, watercolor.

Here are a couple of recently-completed watercolors that I am donating to the Blount County Beekeepers Association annual auction on Monday evening. Both have mountain-ish backgrounds, and one is based on a recent photograph by my good friend Jim Bennett. The BCBA auction raises money for grants to new beekeepers, one of the many great things the • Read More »