Ask about The Mill's in-house classes!
Pollinators are important. We agree.
The Mill hosts beekeeping and gardening classes that often spark pollination conversation and incorporate beekeeping in our annual Mill Crops Showcase.
We also carry a variety of plants that are well-liked by pollinators and stock some bee and hive products. Some of our products come from, Bayer, who has taken a large initiative to research and care for honeybees.
Interested in having a hive? Here is a general timeline!
January, February, March
Be sure to prepare your hive for the season. Find a good place to put your hive that has plenty of water nearby. When temperatures are above 50, you may see some bees coming out of the hives. They’re on the hunt for early blooming plants.
April & May
Bring in the bees! Installation should occur in April. While flowers are not in bloom, make sure the bees have access to sugar water and any pollen patties.
Now is a good time to test for mites.
You might want to add another hive body to prevent a swarm. You can also begin to harvest honey.
Install your Queen Excluder. Continue harvesting honey.
Now would be a good time to test for mites.
Continue harvesting honey. Remember that the bees will need some to eat in winter. Stop harvesting when the first freeze arrives.
November & December
Don’t open your hives during winter months
Get ready for spring! You may want to pre-order bees for next season.
For additional information, you may want to visit The Maryland State Beekeepers Association.