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GRIT Country Skills Series

GRIT Country Skills Series Summer 2019

The recently launched Country Skills book series by GRIT magazine is loaded with easy, healthy and do-it-yourself tips and tricks to make your life better. Whether it is making the perfect loaf of homemade bread or finally getting those backyard chickens, we have the solutions. You won’t be disappointed.

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Featured Comment “I knew a beekeeper with 70 years of experience. He used an old slow cooker to melt his wax. He set it low and just let it do it’s work. When it all melted, he would just turn the slow cooker off and let it cool on its own. As it cooled, it would contract and draw away from the sides of the pot and would just fall out. He said that most of the trash and such would float after it melted and he would skim it off.” — Jerry A. Cartwright on “How to Clean, Melt, and Store Beeswax” via Beekeeping Blogger We invite beekeepers, country living folks, do-it-yourselfers, and country cooks to join the GRIT online community and become a GRIT blogger. We’d like you to write about your…

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Catching a Swarm Want to get started with beekeeping, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money? Rather than purchasing a colony, you can catch a wild swarm. Take necessary precautions and wear proper clothing when you head out to follow that bee. Watch how it’s done at Inspecting Hives If you are new to beekeeping, it’s not always easy to gauge when to check the hive and when to let it be. One such occasion when you should be checking in on your colony is during the summer “dearth.” During this period, food for bees can be scarce. Watch a summer dearth hive inspection at for expert advice. Tips for Feeding Bees Bees are wild insects that forage on their own, but there are times when they could use a…

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your backyard bees

Share your visual perspective with Grit’s online community on, Facebook (, Twitter (@GritMagazine), and Instagram (@ GritMag). We chose several images you see here from those platforms. Post your best shots, and we just might select your photos for a future issue. Email your high-resolution images (300 dpi or higher) along with your contact information (phone number and mailing address) to For more photos from readers, visit us at…

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growing a bee-friendly organic garden

1. Grow a Bee Flower Hardy perennial geraniums are flush with flowers and pollinators all through the early spring season. They rebloom consistently and love shade and woodland sites, which makes them perfect for supporting bees of all types. Hardy perennial geranium is not the tender pelargonium geranium we remember from our grandmothers’ gardens. There are many types of hardy geraniums: some are lowgrowing and make perfect groundcovers for tight spaces; larger varieties can easily stretch to 4 feet tall and wide. While most geraniums prefer sun to part sun, a number of them will easily perform in the shade. Choose the planting site based upon the variety of geranium you have chosen and its sun exposure preferences. Although geraniums do not like standing in water, they do like a consistent medium…

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getting to know your bees

The lure of honey seems to have always been a strong incentive to people of all backgrounds across many cultures. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Israelites, and Romans are all known to have tended bees in locations as diverse as Africa, Europe, and Asia. The ancient Maya also kept a variety of stingless (albeit less prolific) bees in Central America. But the bees we know and use today in North America are descendants of Western honeybees, which were developed in Europe and carried across the ocean by American colonists. Even prior to the 1700s, established beehives were already in place across New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. One problem that beekeepers faced throughout all these times was that there wasn’t a good way of harvesting the honey. Harvesting could involve the destruction…

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beginning with honeybees

Sheep, chickens, horses, pigs? If I could have only one kind of homestead livestock, I’d choose honeybees. You never have to muck out stalls of bee manure. You don’t need to keep a water trough thawed in subfreezing weather. And—thank God—you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn every morning before even a rooster crows and go out to pull on some bee udders. Members of Apis mellifera can clean themselves, fetch their own food and water, and store your harvest. They’ll even patch their home’s leaks. The fact that honeybees practically take care of themselves is really only a small part of their appeal. Even the golden sweetener they provide (which, like every other homegrown product, is worlds better than its oversanitized store counterpart) isn’t what makes…