Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Commitment to bees

Meat the team behind Apiary Book

Gordian Kramer

"Beekeepers have a good relationship with bees. In addition to the honeybee there are about 750 different wild bee species in Germany, which do without the beekeeper. These bees are often specialists who can pollinate only a few varieties of flowers. In addition, wild bees often live alone in burrows or holes in deadwood. These habitats are becoming less and less due to the increasing sealing of soils in Germany.
We from Nei'gschmeckt Imkerei Kramer are committed to the wild bees and the honeybee.
In the summer of 2017, we rebuilt a drywall in a former vineyard in Altbach. The wall has an area of ​​32m² and was built by hand as it used to be in former times. It was about 30m³ earth shoveled by hand. And about 35to sandstone piled up to this massive wall."

"In this wall, many wild bees like the red sand bee, the trouser bee and the mason bee find new nesting sites. So that the bees will not only find new nesting sites but also be able to collect enough pollen and nectar for the brood in the next year, we would see a wildflower mixture in the spring of 2018.
We get the seed from network Flowering landscapes With this network, we have a strong partner who offers us valuable support in our work with the bees."

Meet the team behind Apiary Book

My name is Gordian Kramer, I am the translator of the app ApiaryBook/Bienenhaus Buch from English into German. Like the others I translate the app in the spare time. I am thrilled with the app. It makes it possible to keep the overview in the apiculture. And always be able to retrieve the data.

My wife and I started with the beekeeping in 2016. We started with 3 colonies. We came to the beekeeping, because we bought a property, the whole was lost. We have to remove the scrub and realize that we did not just want to work. After a while when we discovered an old bee house. We decided to bring bees to the property.

Now two years later we have done a lot for the honeybee and the wild bees. For example, we planted 1000 crocuses to allow the bees a good start into the new year. In autumn we planted 9 fruit trees. Last year we rebuilt a dry wall for wild bees. The wall is 24 m long and has an area of ​​35 m². In the spring of 2018 we will see the first flower meadow. The flowers are helpful for wild bees survive. And we want to rebuild the next dry walls. Bees give us lots, stitches, enjoyment, pollination and joy. We also want to give something back to the bees.

If you want to know more about us and our work, you can visit

Thursday, November 16, 2017

NFC Tag for hive identification

A hive can be identified using NFC tags.

Use the following steps:
  • Attach NFC to the hive
  • Use your smartphone to write hive information to the tag (touch the tag)
  • Read the hive information by approaching smartphone to an NFC tag
  • NFC must be enabled in Settings

NFC tag write:

Read NFC tag:

NFC (Near Field Communication)
- Short rage wireless (1-4 cm)
- Small memory
- Low speed
- Low friction setup (no discovery, no pairing)
- Passive targets (no batteries)
- Touch to read or write
- Like QR codes, but faster
- Work in low-light conditions (night)

NFC tag sticker
- chip NTAG 213, 215, 216
- waterproof
- shielded
- adhesive backing

Biodynamic beekeeping

The aim of biodynamic beekeeping is “to minimize stress factors and allow bees to develop in accordance with their true nature.”

Biodynamic beekeeping is different from other beekeeping or bee-stewarding methods in that it aims to minimize environmental stress factors while allowing bees to develop in accordance with their true nature.

Some of the methods that enable this:
- Natural combs are used, rather than foundation.
- Swarming is recognized as the natural form of colony reproduction.
- Clipping of queen’s wings is prohibited.
- Regular and systematic queen replacement is prohibited.
- Pollen substitutes are prohibited.
- Beehives must be made of all natural materials, such as wood, straw, or clay.
- Artificial insemination is not used. Instead queens are allowed to fly free to mate.
- Grafting of larvae to produce queens is prohibited.
- No pesticides or antibiotics are allowed, although the use of natural organic acids such as formic and oxalic acid may be used for mite control.
- Honey may be transported in containers made of artificial materials but must be decanted into containers of glass or metal for retail sale.
- Take surplus honey from the hive is allowed only in the spring after the bees use what they need.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Meet the team behind Apiary Book

"Hello, my name is Juan Carlos and I am 45 years old, I am a Spanish beekeeper, from the Canary Islands, specifically from the Island of Gran Canaria in the Atlantic Ocean.

I have been working as an amateur for three years.

I never had in mind to dedicate myself to beekeeping, but it always caught my attention, initially because of the fear of bees, and later because of the products they provide (honey, jelly, wax, pollen).

I began to train through public training for the promotion of beekeeping, and started this adventure.
Coincidentally, I found later that one of my great-grandparents was a known beekeeper at the beginning of the 20th century, so some beekeeper's blood was already running through my veins.
Beekeeping is a family activity in which both my wife and my 7-year-old son participate.

In spite of the difficulties (varroa, climate, nosema, wasps, ants), it is an activity that we enjoy, and that perhaps, one day, allow me to live from it.

At the moment, I try to encourage beekeeping, and collaborate for the growth of bees in the world, to try to alleviate the decline in their world population suffering for years."

Monday, November 13, 2017

Are you a bee-"haver" or bee-"keeper"?

1. Bee Haver - does next to nothing with his bees, do not want beekeeping to consume his time or interest, so he spend little to no time keeping bees, he simply has bees.

2. Bee Keeper - Manages the bees with specific production goals in mind. This might include pollination, honey, bees, and other hive products. He has working plans for requeening, replacing dead colonies, maintaining bees and support systems that keep them going. The person who makes a living with bees had better bee in this category.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tutorials, videos, samples

I invite you to go online to find additional information to support your beekeeping workflow.

Whether you're new to beekeeping or an experienced beekeeper, I have you covered with tutorials, videos, and samples.