Tag: Beekeeping

Sunflowers for the Bees

We all need a little sunshine right about now, so this week’s Feature Flower is…the Sunflower!Sunflowers are outstanding choices for honey bees and local pollinators. They are effortless to grow from seed and make a stunning late summer-fall feature in any garden. Although I… Continue Reading “Sunflowers for the Bees”

Let’s Hear it for the Boys!

Soon the boys will be back in town! Although there were no signs of new drones upon my initial hive inspections of 2020, the ladies will begin the process of re-establishing the drone population very soon. During our Michigan winters, the drones (male honey… Continue Reading “Let’s Hear it for the Boys!”

Hyssop: A Must for Your Garden

Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) is one of my favorite perennial herbs to grow from seed. These plants are loaded with purple, nectar-rich flowers, beginning mid-summer. Hyssop makes a beautiful feature in any garden and is stunning when mass planted. The hyssop plants in our gardens… Continue Reading “Hyssop: A Must for Your Garden”

Beekeeper Roda’s Story

My name is Roda. I am the owner of Indigo Acres Apiary in Rockford, Michigan. I was born a nature girl. I spent my childhood exploring the woods, catching critters, and gardening with my dad. Even then, I was easily distracted by bees, butterflies,… Continue Reading “Beekeeper Roda’s Story”

The Beauty of Borage

Planting a pollinator garden is a wonderful gift for the bees. Considering they pollinate 1/3 of the food we eat, planting bee friendly flowers is the least we can do to give back. If you are wondering where to start and what to plant,… Continue Reading “The Beauty of Borage”

Inspect with a Purpose

As spring arrives, I become more and more excited to begin hive inspections. As much as I enjoy inspections, I want to make sure I am not opening a hive just to say “hello” to my sweet ladies. Before I inspect a hive, I… Continue Reading “Inspect with a Purpose”

Let’s Talk Pollen!

Pollen is a protein food source for the bees. This powdery substance is collected from flowers, by the forager bees, and brought back to the hive and stored in cells. Pollen is then used to make bee bread, (a mixture of honey and pollen)… Continue Reading “Let’s Talk Pollen!”

Autumn Gifts

Here in West Michigan, our leaves are changing and there is definitely a chill in the air. Hello, October! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was saying “hello” to our sweet honey bees, after a long and challenging winter. Time sure… Continue Reading “Autumn Gifts”

Artistic Hives

One of the unique elements, at Indigo Acres Apiary, is our brightly painted beehives! There is nothing like a field of wildflowers or a manicured pollinator garden, filled with artistic beehives, to spread the joy of nature… Are you looking for an exciting West… Continue Reading “Artistic Hives”

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the new site of Indigo Acres Apiary, located in Rockford, Michigan! My name is Roda, and I am the owner of Indigo Acres Apiary, LLC. I am so excited to kick off our 2019 beekeeping season and share our adventures.… Continue Reading “Welcome!”