FEBRUARY CONTENTS Meetings and Announcements …………………….. 1 2009 BOARD Bee Honoree and Bee Speaker… ……………….… 2 www.diablobees.org Bee News and Library Information…...…….………. 3 Bee Healthy…………………..………..………..… 4 - 5 President Bee Calendar and Ask Aunt Bee…………………… 6 Rick Kautch Blessed Bee and Beekeeping How -To……………. 7 (510) 773-9283 Recipes and Brain Teaser………………..…...…...…8 Bee Classifieds…………………..………..………..… 9 First Vice President Bob Kelly MEETINGS AND Membership Past President ANNOUCEMENTS Information Stan Thomas Our Next Two Meetings will be held on: Membership Information VP Community Education Thursday, February 12 7:30PM at Heather $15 dues should be sent to: Judy Casale Farms And Jay Todesco, Treasurer VP Member Education Thursday, March 12 7:30PM at Heather Mount Diablo Beekeepers Annie Bisbee Farms Association 3134 Esperanza Drive Treasurer February 12 Meeting Speaker: Bill Cervenka Concord, Calif. 94519 Jay Todesco will tell you everything you need to know about setting up Also include your completed in- Secretary a hive. formation sheet printed from Lois Kail http:www.diablobees.org/ A special thank you goes out to Bob Kelly and joinmdba.html, or you may give Membership his family for hosting the 15 January board the necessary documents to Jay Rich Coleman meeting. At this meeting the board discussed at an upcoming meeting. returning the recently purchased tangential Newsletter extractor in exchange for a radial extractor; If you have an active email Calli Clark upcoming guest speakers; updating the mem- address, you will be receiving this (707) 410-8274 ber contact information sheet; and the bee Newsletter by email, unless you and workshop day that will be held on 18 April. inform Kim Coleman at Laural Roaldson Kdeem@calng.com that you wish (925) 274-0782 to receive a hard copy. If you are not receiving a hard copy or email, please contact Kim at the above email address or call her at 925-685-6849. Please send interesting Bee Articles via email to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org 2 The Diablo Bee — February 2009 BEE HONOREE STEVE GENTRY HONORED By Gary Lawrence Steve Gentry was honored at a gala dinner on January 25, where he received the William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award, presented by the Orinda Association. Steve is president of the Friends of the Wagner Ranch Nature Area, and was chosen for his work there, and for beekeeping. BEE SPEAKER THANK YOU TO JANUARY SPEAKER By Calli Clark We would like to extend a note of appreciation to Gary Lawrence who gave his classroom demon- stration at the 8 January meeting. Gary’s insight and enthusiasm is all that is needed to inspire fu- ture generations of beekeepers. The Diablo Bee — February 2009 3 WHAT’S THE BUZZ? BEE NEWS FOR FEBRUARY 2009 By Mary Andre Packaged Bees Orders – 2009 for MDBA Members ORDER DATE AND PRICING Place your order now through March 20th if you would like to get packaged Italian honeybees. The queen is included but is not marked. $53 for 3 pounds of bees or $43 for 2 pounds of bees. (3500-4000 bees/pound). Payment due in advance. Mary Andre will be available at the February and March meetings to take your order. ORDERING TIPS Packaged bees will be ready for pickup at the MDBA Spring Beekeeping Workshop on Saturday, April 18th at Gary Law- rence’s. It is often recommended to order the 3# package if you are new to beekeeping as the colony can better handle the losses while it is getting settled in before it is reduced to too few bees. If you have the screen boxes from previous years orders, and they are in good condition and clean, you can bring them to the MDBA meeting, Thursday April 9th, or leave them on Mary’s front porch between April 9th and April 15th. INSTALLING BEES For online information about how to install packaged bees into a hive box, Google “installing package bees” and you will get many sites. There are a couple of good YouTube videos: www.nebees.com - How to Install a Package of Honey Bees http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek7dDtZ0lK8 Beekeeping - Bee Package Installation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-GaOQvavnw NOTE: There will be no candy in the queen cages so do not remove the cork and thus release the queen until a few days after installing the package into the hive boxes. Look at the queen when you take the queen cage out of the package to check that she seems OK. I will have a few replacement queens if needed but cannot bank them for long. The MDBA Library Our library is in serious decline! Of the 30 titles we have had in our library only 11 remain. The MDBA books have a book- plate on the inside front cover. If you have ever picked a book, pamphlet, CD or DVD off the back table, please look around for these items and return them: • Beekeeping for Dummies • Fundamentals of California Beekeeping - UC Coop. Ext. Manual • Swarming: Its Control and Prevention #42 • Beekeeping in California - UC pub. #21422 • Rearing Queen Honey Bees • At the Hive Entrance • Contemporary Queen Rearing • Keeping Bees – A Handbook for the Hobbyist Bee- • Beeswax keeper • The Natural History of Pollination • How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey • Buzzing a Hive – UCB, Lawrence Hall of Science/ Teacher Guide • Beginning with Bees LSU Coop. Ext. pub. #1846 • MDBA DVD 1 • Practical Beekeeping (2 copies) • MDBA DVD 2 Thank you to all of you who have gotten books back and for those who are returning them. The Diablo Bee — February 2009 4 BEE HEALTHY CINNAMON AND HONEY By Rick Kautch Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and cin- namon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a "Ram Ban" (very effec- tive) medicine or all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of disease. Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada , in its issue dated 17 January,1995, has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists: HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins. ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily: morning, and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If Taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research con- ducted at Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon of Honey and half teaspoon of Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain. BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a Glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder. CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic Cholesterol is cured. According to informa- tion received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol. COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses. UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root. GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan , it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas. 5 The Diablo Bee — February 2009 IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases. INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals. INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proven that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu. LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder and three cups of water and boil to make la tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also in- creases and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old. PIMPLES: Mix three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon to make a powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root. SKIN INFECTIONS: Apply honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts. Cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections. WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning, one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet. CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day. FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing in the morning, and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. will increase the vitality of the body within a week. BAD BREATH: People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day. HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restore hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it! You might want to share this information with a friend, kinfolks and love ones, everyone needs healthy help information, what they do with it is up to them. 6 The Diablo Bee — February 2009 BEE CALANDER WHAT BEES ARE DOING IN FEBRUARY By Calli Clark More than a million beehives are in transit and headed for the almond orchards of Central California. Every February beekeepers from across the country transport their hives to the central valley to deposit the millions of bees needed ASK AUNT BEE to pollinate California’s almond bearing land. Advice for the Bee Weary and On average, almond growers will rent two or more hives per acre of land in or- Honey Soured der to adequately pollinate the 75 to 120 trees found on each acre of land. Each almond orchard features at least two types of almond trees, which enables Editor’s Note to January’s Question honeybees to pollinate during the early spring bloom. About WATER BOX BEES Late winter brings thoughts of the upcoming spring planting project that will be Because of possible hybridizing with upon us soon. February allows time to plant spring-flowering annuals and per- Africanized Bees, which seek water ennials and to plan for the arrangement of one’s garden and other yard plants. and love water boxes, the answer be- When the final frost has passed, it is safe to begin sowing seeds for cool-season low is a safer solution than the one vegetables outdoors, but if one so desires, it is okay to start such plants indoors. listed in January for removing bees from your water box. Below is a list of annuals, perennials, garden vegetables and herbs to which bees are particularly fond: Answer: Annuals Perennials • Take off the top of the old in the • Asters • Buttercups ground box. • Calliopsis • Cosmos • Put a new 5 frame Nuke or 10 • Clover • Dahlias frame box with drawn comb on top of old box. Feed some sugar down • Poppies • Globe Thistle and the Queen should move up in 1 • Sunflowers • Roses week. • After a week, pull the frame and Garden Plants look for the Queen. If she has not • Blackberries Herb Garden moved, put back and wait longer. • Cantaloupe • Bee Balm • Once the Queen has moved, take • Cucumbers • Fennell off the box, set aside, then install a • Pumpkins • Lavender Queen Excluder. Place box on top • Raspberries • Mint of excluder. • Squash • Rosemary • Wait 21 days for Brood to move up • Strawberries • Sage with the Queen. • Watermelon • Thyme • If you can’t wait 21 days, dig out comb and use to save Brood. • Take the new box, place it on strong BEES IN THE ARTS bottom board and set as close as BEE PAINTING possible to the old box. Apply some Bee Gone with water to the old box Painting By Lauren Ellis and all of the remaining bees will move to the new box. Thank you to Bill Cervenka and Mike Maskaro for illuminating us. If you have a beekeeping related question please e-mail either Laural (email@example.com) or Calli (firstname.lastname@example.org) and look for the answer in next month's newsletter. The Diablo Bee — February 2009 7 BLESSED BEE SHE FLIES By Laural A. Roaldson She flies on Wings that touch the Sun They hold a rich tableau Of angel rides and ocean tides While science swipes a nap You’ve heard her song a million times. It’s low. It’s soft. It’s full. In a fast, fast world, it is a balm. It calms. It captures, and even freighters lull. For her the world is Earth and Sky. She has two matching mates. For one doth breed the other first and both she needs to love. Her love is liquid gold. It flows. She never seems to tire. Only moments does she stop to sense The essence of a flower From whom she gathers secrets fenced That to the gold adds fire. BEEKEEPING HOW TO BECOME A NEW BEEKEEPER By Gary Lawrence SIX DIFFICULT BUT INTERESTING STEPS 1. Come to the February 12 meeting where club member Bill Cervenka will tell you everything you need to know about setting up a hive. 2. Order or otherwise obtain the equipment and hives you will need for your situation. 3. Talk to Mary Andre about ordering bees (packages with queens). She will pick them up and deliver them to the spring bee work day on April 18. 4. Set up your hives. 5. Come to the April 9 meeting where club member Steve Gentry will give you some final tips and information. 6. Come to the spring bee work day April 18, where there will be demonstrations of going through hives, installing a queen and colony, and much more. There are many experienced beekeepers around, and some of them may be willing to have you help them in their hives. Try to connect with someone in your area. When someone responds to a question during bee chat, seek them out during the break to get advice and help. 8 The Diablo Bee — February 2009 RECIPES Cooking With Food Brought to you by Bees Honey Coffee Cake Baked Acorn Squash From Joan Lawrence By Laural A. Roaldson (frequently served at bee work days and adapted from My Favorite Honey Recipes) Directions: Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Cake: Cut Acorn Squash in half either cross or long 4 cups flour ways. 2 Tbsp. baking powder Remove Seeds. 1 tsp. salt Put in baking dish. 1/2 cup sugar Poke holes all over on flesh side. 1/2 cup shortening, butter, or margarine Spread 2 eggs • 1 – 2 teaspoons Butter on lips of cavities. 1 1/3 cup milk (low fat OK) Sprinkle on interior of squash Topping: • Rosemary 1/8 – 1/4 tsp 6 Tbsp. soft butter • Honey 2 tsp 1 cup honey • Ground Ginger 1/8 tsp - 1/4 tsp 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut 1 1/2 cups cereal flakes Optional Herbs: • Coriander Seeds 1/8 tsp Directions: • Marjoram 1/8 tsp 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. • Thyme 1/8 tsp 2. Whisk dry ingredients together in a bowl. 3. Cut in shortening (pastry blender, two knives, or fingers). Add 2” water to baking dish. 4. Add eggs and milk, stirring only until all flour is mois- Cover with tin foil. tened. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes, or until tender. 5. Spread batter in greased 9x13Ó pan. 6. Cover evenly with topping. 7. Bake at 400 degrees 25-30 minutes. Wonderful served warm but very good cold! BEE GAMES Bee Brain Teaser By Calli Clark 1. CBRF Cryptogram 2. JENEPK A cryptogram is a puzzle where a 3. MENNFP word is encoded by substituting the Tell Us What You Think! 4. LNERFG actual letters of the word with different Please Email Laural 5. DMBDTK letters. The challenge of the puzzle is (email@example.com) or 6. PFJZDT to decode each word to reveal the Calli (firstname.lastname@example.org) to 7. TDBGF original word. The following crypto- give us your feedback! 8. OEPFK grams are beekeeping related. Have 9. GYDTQ fun! 10. WTEPF 11. QBZF 12. GQEC Answers: 1. Hive, 2. Colony, 3. Pollen, 4. Gloves, 5. Apiary, 6. Nectar, 7. Raise, 8. Honey, 9. Swarm, 10. Drone, 11. Mite, 12. Smoker The Diablo Bee — February 2009 9 HOME SWEET HIVE CLASSIFIEDS Searching for or Letting go of Hives If you want to know more about Swarms, NUKES FOR SALE you can find info about swarming at www.diablobees.org Will Fill Your Boxes With Bees For A click on SWARM LIST Fee Too!. Call Major Branzell at (707) 643 - 9433.