Wasatch Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting

Monthly Association Meetings take place regularly on the third Thursday of every month except December. Meetings are open to the public. For information about upcoming meeting agendas and presenters email or call

President: Owen Parry
freaksisus@hotmail.com 801-867-7778                                                                               Or                                                                                                                                              Public Relations: Denise Hunsaker
denise.smith4@gmail.com 801-953-0304

The typical meeting includes presentations on:

  • “A Month In Beekeeping,” outlining what beekeepers should be doing with their hives in the coming month
  • Beekeeping practices and strategies ranging from hive inspections to candle-making, by experienced WBA members and outside sources
  • the latest research in beekeeping from visiting faculty who are experts in honeybee science

Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Meetings are held at:

Salt Lake County Government Complex, in the North Building, Council Chambers

Planting season approaching quickly here are a few things to think about.

More and more gardeners are anxious to do their part to help the bees by adding to the shrinking inventory of flower-rich habitat in their area. In return, the bees will pollinate your flowers, providing a bountiful harvest of fruits, seeds and vegetables as well as the joy of watching them up close. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you grow your bee-friendly garden:

Rethink your lawn. Replace part or all of your front lawn grass with flowering plants, which provides food and habitat for bees and other wildlife.

Plant native flowers. Native flowers help feed your bees and are uniquely adapted to your region. Try to use flowers to which local bees are especially adapted. You can also visit the websites of regional botanic gardens and plant nurseries for more info on bee-friendly plants.

Select single flower tops such as daisies and marigolds, rather than double flower tops such as double impatiens. Double headed flowers look showy but produce much less nectar and make it much more difficult for bees to access pollen.

Skip the highly hybridized plants, which have been bred not to seed and thus produce very little pollen for bees.

Plan for blooms season-round. Plant at least three different types of flowers to ensure blooms through as many seasons as possible, thus providing bees with a constant source of food.  For example:

  • Crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac provide enticing spring blooms.
  • Bees feast on bee balm, cosmos, echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, and hosta in the summer.
  • For fall, zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel and goldenrod are late bloomers that will tempt foragers.

Build homes for solitary bees. Leave a patch of the garden in a sunny spot uncultivated for solitary bees that burrow. Some solitary bees also need access to soil surface for nesting.  For wood- and stem-nesting bees, this means piles of branches, bamboo sections, hollow reeds, or nesting blocks made out of untreated wood. Mason bees need a source of water and mud, and many kinds of bees are attracted to weedy, untended hedgerows.

Only use natural pesticides and fertilizers. Avoid using herbicides or pesticides in the garden. They not only can be toxic to bees but also are best not introduced to children or adults that visit your garden. Ladybugs, spiders, and praying mantises will naturally keep pest populations in check.

Create a “bee bath.”Bees need a place to get fresh, clean water. Fill a shallow container of water with pebbles or twigs for the bees to land on while drinking.  Make sure to maintain the container full of fresh water to ensure that they know they can return to the same spot every day.

 

Live in a home without a garden? You need only a small plot of land—it can even be a window container or rooftop—to create an inviting oasis for bees.  Every little bit can help to nurture bees and other pollinators.

Sponsor-a-Hive. Do you have a school garden, community garden or green space that would be ideal for a hive? If so, consider applying for our Sponsor-a-Hive materials grant, which provides bees, a bee home and instructional material on how to care for your bees.

 

Credit Jonna Robins for authoring this page and Michaela from The Gardener’s Eden for her contributions.

INFORMATION ON AVERAGE LAST SPRING FREEZE DATES IN UTAH

INFORMATION ON AVERAGE LAST SPRING FREEZE DATES IN UTAH
Answer by: Loralie Cox, Utah State University Extension Cache County Horticulture Agent

With spring approaching, it is time once again to think about planting and gardening. Knowing the average last frost date gives gardeners the opportunity to make specific plans for planting both hardy and tender plants in the garden.

         Cold hardy vegetables can be planted four to six weeks before the last frost date. Some of these include broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, onions, peas and spinach. These crops thrive in cool weather and should not be planted late in the spring. Pea seeds, for example, can germinate when soil temperatures are about 40 F while tomato seeds germinate best when soil temperatures are above 65 F. Beets, carrots, chard, onion sets and radishes are hardy plants that can be planted two to four weeks before the last frost date.
freeze chart
Plants that are not cold hardy should be planted around the frost free date. These include beans, squash, corn and tomatoes. Peppers, eggplant, cucumbers and melons require hot weather to grow well and should be planted about a week after the last expected frost. These plants may be injured if planted too early and consequently may not grow or flower well throughout the rest of the season. To get a jump on the season, several of these warm season vegetables may be started by seed inside, then planted outside when temperatures warm.
            If planted indoors, tomato and pepper seeds should be planted six to eight weeks before the last frost. The seedlings should have a bright light source such as a south window or a fluorescent light structure placed several inches above. Squash, cucumbers and melons should be seeded about two to three weeks before transplanting to the garden.

Wasatch Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting

Monthly Association Meetings take place regularly on the third Thursday of every month except December. Meetings are open to the public. For information about upcoming meeting agendas and presenters email or call

President: Owen Parry
freaksisus@hotmail.com 801-867-7778                                                                               Or                                                                                                                                              Public Relations: Denise Hunsaker
denise.smith4@gmail.com 801-953-0304

The typical meeting includes presentations on:

  • “A Month In Beekeeping,” outlining what beekeepers should be doing with their hives in the coming month
  • Beekeeping practices and strategies ranging from hive inspections to candle-making, by experienced WBA members and outside sources
  • the latest research in beekeeping from visiting faculty who are experts in honeybee science

Social Hour – 6:15 – 7:00 pm  |  Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Meetings are held at:

Salt Lake County Government Complex, in the South Building room S1007

Wasatch Beekeepers October 2016 Meeting

This month we will be talking about winterizing your hives. Mike Adams, owner, of Wasatch Wood Works, will be showing us what a candy board is and why you might need one on your hive to supplement their food.

Joey Caputo, from the Utah Department of Agriculture, will be there to review some of the nasty things that affect your bees during the winter.

Owen Parry, President of the WBA will be explaining what you need to do to get your hives ready for winter.

After the meeting, there will be a seed exchange for those that are interested.

Meeting will take place at 2001 S. State in the North Building the Council Chambers.

**Remember there is the Candy Board workshop this weekend. Oct 22nd from 10-4pm & Oct 23rd 10-2pm. Click Here to get details on the workshop.

July WBA Meeting – Mosquito Abatement Dept & Honey Harvesting – Thursday – July 21st – 7pm

We have a special guest speaker, Ary Faraji, Ph.D., from Mosquitos Abatement Department who will be explaining what they do and how it is related to your honey bees. Prenten Frazier will be showing how to harvest honey. Please join us to learn more about mosquito abatement and get ideas about harvesting honey!

Room N2-800 Salt Lake County Government campus, 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190

 

Apiary Visit (1-2pm) & WBA Annual BBQ – 2-4pm – Jordan Park – June 18th, 2016

Small change in the Saturday schedule due to unforeseen changes in people’s schedules.

The Apiary Visit will now take place prior to the BBQ.

–1:00pm-2:00pm Apiary visit

–Chad Hosler will host an apiary visit in the Glendale area (neighborhood house) 1050 W. 500 S., SLC.

–Please be prompt and wear your bee suit. We will be demonstrating a mite count with an alcohol wash.

Annual WBA BBQ will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Jordan Park pavilion east. (1060 S 900 W, Salt Lake City, UT  84104)

—BBQ will start at 2:00pm

—Bring a side dish and your beverages. The club is supplying the meat. This is a family friendly, social event, and auction. Please bring one item to auction off and funds to buy an item.

Hope you can join us!

Click here to add the BBQ to your calendar and see the google map!

June WBA Meeting – Thursday – June 16th @ 7pm

Guest Speaker: Ary Faraji Ph.D. from the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District. This is an excellent lesson for all beekeepers.

James Peirce, Program Director: Open discussion on what is going on in your hive this time of year, what the beekeepers should be doing and what they should be looking for.

Salt Lake County Government campus, 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190 in room N2-800