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New Products Announcement!

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NEW PRODUCTS!

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Coming soon from a Heavenly Honey Beehive near you ! We are excited to let you know about new products we have been developing over the past several months that will be launched during the summer months and the early Fall.

To begin with, we have finalized and tested the mixture to make the BEEHIVE  BEE CLOTHS that replace saran wrap to protect you fruits, vegetables and sandwiches as well as providing a cover for dishes to protect the food contents. This is an increasingly popular product since it is all natural, lasts for up to a year and prevents stored food from sweating, suffocating and rotting. Our wraps provide the same protection to the food it contains as does the lemon rind for the lemon. The beehive wrap provides the same breathing capacity as the lemon skin

The product can be reused and  the warmth of the hand helps form it around the object being protected.  Wash in cold water between uses. It is compostable or can be used as a firestarter when it is no longer functional.

FIRESTARTERS

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Several years ago we produced firestarters made with small candy paper cups, filled with Beeswax, and 2 small pine cones and a small wick. We sold them in packages of 15. They were very popular and sold well, particularly at Christmas time. The difficulty in mass production was in obtaining sufficient quantities of pine cones, and consequently this product was discontinued.

However, based on the principal of firelogs being prepared using sawdust, we formulated firestarters containing sawdust and beeswax. How neat is that !!! Recyling a waste product, and providing a functional product to help start the old fashioned barbeque, camp fires, and the traditional fireplace.

LIP BALM
Again, this is a product we launched 4 years ago but at the time did not have the facilities to mass produce our natural lip balms, and could not keep up with the demand. However, we are preparing to re-launch our two lip balms, in the early Fall, one of which contains vitamin E   Look for these at our Fall and Winter Shows.

HAND  CREAM
This is a product we have had for a number of years, but somehow has not been high on our production list.  We have had an increasing number of requests for a skin Cream or balm. Our product contains beeswax, olive oil, and tea tree oil.  This combination of ingredients, seals and conditions the skin as well as hydrating it. The tea tree oil assists in correcting minor skin aliments. Can be used as a body rub.

TINCTURE OF PROPOLIS
While not being a new product, we have again decided to make this more readily available.  Our tincture of propolis is a 35 % solution of propolis in alcohol. We do not purify the propolis so it contains small quantities of bee pollen. This contributes to the health benefits of the Tincture. We no longer provide propolis in powder, chunk or pellet form since the tincture is more adaptable in its usage. Normal dosage is 2 to 10 drops in a small glass of water once or twice daily.

We Are All Beekeepers!

This is Heavenly Honey’s new motto – We are All Beekeepers !

You may not have any bee hives as does Heavenly Honey and many other traditional beekeepers. However you and your  ”green thumbs” that plant vegetable and flower gardens provide an important food source for not only bumblebees but also the honey bee.

As many of you may be aware, honey bees have preferences among the wide variety of flowers available.  In order to help you with your bee keeping skills we are providing you with an article obtained from another website that lists the top ten flowers bees prefer in our area.

Presently Heavenly Honey is preparing a bee friendly “ flower seed package” containing preferred plants for Spring, Summer and Fall.

 

From our friends at Fafard.com

The decline in honey bees (Apis mellifera) has heightened the popularity of honey bee plants. Many favorite flowers for honey bees, like sweetclover, thistle, alfalfa and dandelion, are Eurasian plants too weedy for flower beds. Thankfully, there are some beautiful summer garden flowers, many being  North American natives, which are also great nectar and pollen plants favored by these Old World native bees. Regional natives are also superb forage plants for regional bees.

Early Summer Bee Flowers

Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida, perennial)

Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium, perennial) Achillea millefolium 'Strawberry Seduction' PP18401

Summer Bee Flowers

Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus, annual)

Agastache_Blue_Boa_4 Blue Giant Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum, perennial)

Horsemint (Monarda punctata, perennial)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, perennial)

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp., annual or perennial)

 Late-Summer and Fall Bee Flowers

Asters (Symphotrichum spp., perennial)

Joe-Pye Weeds (Eutrochium spp., perennial)  Eupatorium purpureum 2

Goldenrods (Solidago spp., perennial)

For Photos and more information see the whole article on Fafard.com

Beekeepers Calendar – July

The hives are visited weekly and inspected to see how the hive is progressing, the health of the bees and to verify that the Queen is still present and is maintaining a good population of brood.

The bee keeper does not have to see the Queen to know if she is present.  By looking at the cells in the brood chamber, you can see the density of brood, and cells in different stages of development – eggs, young and older larvae, pupae and capped brood cells. If eggs are present you know that the Queen was there in the past 2 days, if larvae are present you know she was there 3 to 8 days previously.

This is the time that swarming can occur and the weekly inspections will let you know when additional supers must be added to provide room for the increasing hive population since the Queen can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day with warm weather and a large honey flow.  If this is not done, up to half the hive will leave looking for another location. The remaining hive is useless until they produce a new Queen or a new one is introduced.

By the end of July or early August, the Queen begins to lay fewer eggs, so that the chance of swarming is reduced.

In normal years, the first honey extraction is done in mid- to late July. However, this year in eastern Ontario because of the heavy rainy conditions, the honey production is down over 50 percent from the norm and it is just now that some bee keepers have started extracting.

The weekly inspections include a check on the amount of mite infestation  ( Varroa and Tracheal mites)  If the infestation is at a level high enough to warrant treatment, any honey supers must be removed, since no treatments can be administered while supers are on. This could contaminant the honey with chemical residues. If the levels are not serious enough, treatment can be delayed until later when the honey has been removed and prior to supering up to obtain honey from the late honey flow in August and early September.

Time to Plan Your Bee Garden!

Spring is peeking around the corner, with the warm weather and sunshine everyone is probably planning their gardens! When planning remember our friends the bees! Attracting bees will not only help our bee population but also make your garden flourish! Here is a collection of ideas and plants to help grow a bee garden even in the smallest place.

David Suzuki suggests the following plants:

Early Mid-season Late
Blueberry Blackberry Aster (perennial)
Cotoneaster Cat mint Beggar’s tricks
Crabapple Catnip Borage
Cranberry Chives Coneflower
Crocus Dahlia Cornflower
Foxglove Hyssop Cosmos
Heliotrope Lavender Goldenrod
Hazelnut Raspberry Pumpkin
Heather Sunflower Sedum
Primrose Yarrow Squash
Willow

He also suggests making a bee bath out of a shallow dish with rocks and water for the bees to drink.

The honeybee conservancy suggests the following tips:

  • Replace some of your lawn with flowering plants
  • Select single flower plans (daisy, marigold) and not heavily hybridized varieties as they produce more nectar
  • Use only natural herbicides and pesticides
  • no garden? even a small rooftop or window garden is helpful to the bees!

Many retailers offer wildflower or bee mixes to augment your garden, not only are they beautiful but they will attract bee friends

Resources and information from:

Globe and Mail http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/what-you-can-do-in-your-garden-and-yard-to-help-bees-and-butterflies/article30101793/

David Suzuki – What you can do http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/food-and-our-planet/create-a-bee-friendly-garden/

Bees matter – http://Beesmatter.ca

 Bring Back the Bees (from Honey Nut Cheerios) https://bringbackthebees.ca/

The honeybee conservancy http://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/act-today/plant-a-bee-garden/

Seed retailers online:

West Coast Seeds – Plant flower seeds for bees https://www.westcoastseeds.com/garden-resources/articles-instructions/plant-flower-seeds-for-bees/

Verseys Seeds Bee feed mix Wildflowers http://www.veseys.com/ca/en/store/flowerseed/wildflowersap/beefeedmix

All about Bee Pollen

What is Bee Pollen and what is it is good for? That is the most common question we get at shows.

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Bee pollen is pellets containing over 2 million grains of pollen collected by bees from flowers. They have been compressed together with a little honey. The bee flies flower to flower carefully collecting the pollen and putting it in the pollen baskets on her legs. While flying between flowers she can clean the pollen that has stuck her fuzzy body and legs to put in the baskets as well. This pollen on the bee’s body is what is cross pollinating over 80% of the world’s green plants. One teaspoon of pollen is the work of one bee working 8 hours a day for a month.

Bee pollen is like the bread of the bee colony. It is used to feed the young bees. Bee pollen cannot be synthesized, bees cannot survive on bee pollen made in laboratories .

Bee pollen is around 40% protein, it contains all the essential vitamins and minerals as well as fatty acids, amino acids and carbohydrates. It can be considered a complete nutrient. Bee pollen can help boost energy, calm allergies, aid digestion and help nutritional deficiencies.

Sprinkle it on cereal, or granola or blend it up in your smoothie.

Morning Buzz Smoothie

½-1t Heavenly Honey Bee Pollen
1/2 banana
½ cup milk, milk substitute, juice, water or combination
1t Heavenly Honey Creamed Honey with Bee Pollen and Royal Jelly (or to taste)
Handful of mixed frozen fruit (try mango, peach & strawberry)
Splash of pure vanilla extract

Optional:
½ cup yogurt
1T chia seed
1T flax seed

Blend all ingredients in a blender or with a stick blender until smooth. Enjoy!

All of Heavenly Honey’s honey products contain bee pollen, try creamed honey with bee pollen or creamed honey with bee pollen and royal jelly (all about royal jelly is a future post!) which have 4%/2% by weight pollen added for an extra pollen kick or use our bee pollen to supplement your everyday routine.