Lazer Creek Apiary

Lazer Creek Apiary

Lazer Creek Apiary operates from our home and farm in Woodland, Georgia.

We still have some May 2019 honey for sale for $8.00 a pound bottle.   We will not process honey again until next spring.  All of our honey is harvested from our hives in Woodland.  We are surrounded by forestry land, and we avoid using pesticides and herbicides on our gardens.  We ensure that we only process honey that has been gathered from natural sources by placing empty honey supers on hives once spring flowers start to bloom and after we have ceased any supplemental feeding.   Whenever possible, we avoid supplemental feeding by growing a variety of nectar producing plants such as clovers and buckwheat when wild flowers and trees don’t provide enough to keep our bees healthy and happy.

We are also available for outdoor swarm removal and plan to start selling queen bees in 2020. As we have full time jobs, please email us at RushCreek1400@gmail.com for more information.

We have contacts in the bee-keeping community in South Carolina and Georgia and will be happy to refer you to a reputable apiarist if we are unable to get to your location when you need help.

 

Keeping bees
We made most of the mistakes that new beekeepers make in the first year in our first couple of months. We learned about robbing, wax moths, and hive beetles the hard way and at quite some expense. Before you buy a hive, check for classes at a local beekeeper association. If there is not one close to you, educate yourself. Here are some resources we have found helpful:

How you can help bees

According to Georgia Grown, honey bees are the top pollinator of agricultural crops in the United States, and their pollination accounts
for over 30 percent of the fruits and vegetables grown in Georgia. Loss of habitat, disease, and elimination of wild flowers has contributed to
a severe decrease in the numbers of bees world wide.

One simple way to help bees and the environment is to minimize the use of herbicides in your lawn. Not only does clover provide nectar for
bees, it puts nitrogen into the soil, which helps your lawn stay healthy. We have a sloped front yard, and the introduction of clover with its deep
roots has helped control erosion better than any of the different types of grass we have tried over the years.

Another way is to aim for year-round color in your garden. Yes, there are times when our garden looks as dead as anyone else’s, but we do have
a long bloom season. We also dead-head the plants that are popular with bees to extend the bloom time. Check out pollinatorstewardship.org for
more ideas on how you can help protect bees and other pollinators.

Credits: Georgia Grown, A Guide to Georgia’s Farms, Forests, Food and Exports, 2015-16.
All photography by Hedi England