Debbie Cook, Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, welcomed Melinda Jean Stafford to her show this week. Melinda is the Campus Programs Coordinator and manages the Rooftop Bee Farm internship program at Boise State University.

Melinda joined the Garden Show to talk to Debbie and her listeners about beekeeping. With the cooler weather, bees begin going into ‘winter mode.’ Planning is key in keeping a successful hive.


Your hive population is generally becoming smaller as the queen is not laying as many eggs. This means your bees need less space through the winter months. Melinda explains this process along with how to feed your bees and keep them full through the winter.

Mites can be deadly to a hive. There are ways to treat and pre-treat your hive for mites. How thorough should you be when inspecting your hive during the cooler weather? Melinda shares some information on what to do and how often to inspect your hive. Listen in to what resources to access should you find your hive unhealthy.

If you would like to hear more from Melinda about beekeeping or harvesting honey or beeswax, click here to watch her videos.

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