Our edu-vacation to Oregon State University’s Honey Bee Research Lab eventually lead us to the actual science labs where graduate assistants are diligently working to collect useful data for unique projects, lead by a very intelligent man, Ramesh Sagili. One of the fascinating projects involved a set of observation hives. These are indoor hives with […]

Don’t Trash That Pumpkin! It Could Be Next Year’s Harvest. Pumpkins on the front step. It is a familiar site right now. They are traditional décor for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. In the U.S. alone, there are 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin produced annually. While most are processed for consumption, a good portion of that […]

Our hands-on learning at the Oregon State University Honey Bee Research Lab and apiaries continued as Ellen and Carolyn sent us out on a mission – inspecting yet another failing hive to determine the cause. Hive 2: We opened this hive to find a dwindling population of bees. We pulled out frames to inspect the […]

No matter what time of the tomato season it is, gardeners always have green tomatoes. With that in mind, this tomato preservation procedure can be used as long as you have fresh-from-the-vine, green tomatoes. Do not use tomatoes that have endured even one night of frost. It’s too late for them… and for you, my […]

Help, tomatoes are dropping their blossoms! This problem can be frustrating and difficult to manage as the problem usually is caused by high heat and low humidity. That’s a hard problem to deal with in southwest Idaho. Some blossom drop is normal because plants generally produce more flowers than the amount of fruit the plant […]

Day two of our edu-vacation at Oregon State University’s Honey Bee Research Lab was all hands-on! Ellen and Carolyn took us out to their research apiary which was on the edge of town in the rural farmland area. The knowledge we took away from this experience was invaluable. There is something to be said about […]

The Boise State Bee Team (the campus beekeeping club) took an edu-vacation to Oregon State University this summer. The eight students on the trip coined this term “edu-vacation” as the perfect description for our adventure because it was an educational vacation. Seemed fitting. We took this opportunity to visit the OSU honey bee lab and […]