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How to Maintain a Beehive

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re thinking about becoming a beekeeper. Beekeeping is a rewarding hobby, and it’s not as overwhelming as it seems. Not only does it help the environment by bolstering the bee population, but you get free honey out of it! Maintaining a beehive is a relatively simple process, from setting up the hive to harvesting the honey in the fall and keeping your bees alive through winter.

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The Difference Between Italian and Carniolan Honey Bees

Most people don’t realize that there are several different types of honey bees out there, which can make starting your hive a confusing process. You may have thought all honey bees were the same, but different species have specific traits and characteristics. Some species produce more honey, bigger hives, and some are more aggressive. Choose a species depending on your personal preferences. Most beekeepers in the US use Italian or Carniolan bees, and these are the species we carry at C-A-L Ranch. Each has its pros and cons.

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Preparing for Natural Disasters and Emergencies

Basic Emergency Preparations

With Hurricane Matthew approaching the east coast, many families are having to evacuate their homes and head for higher ground. Although most of us out west don’t have to worry about hurricanes, this storm is a reminder that we need to prepare our families for other natural disasters and emergencies. Many of our folks live far away from the ocean, but everyone knows that while inland states may not have the same coastal dangers, they can still get extreme weather including flooding, severe thunder storms, tornadoes, etc. Not only that, but blizzard season is coming up, bringing with it power outages, dangerous driving conditions, and more. Read on to figure out how to prepare your home for disasters and emergencies.

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Canning Basics

Canning or jamming is the process of preserving food. It’s a great way to save on groceries, build food storage, and have home-grown vegetables deep into winter. Not only will it help you save on your grocery bill, but it can be a fun activity that brings the whole family together. It’s not hard to learn, either — we’ll give you the basics.

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