Monday, April 27, 2009

Buzz Buzz

Thought I'd share some bee skep photos with you.

What is a bee skep you ask?

Well, let me tell you! It's a decorative garden object, conical in shape, usually made from braided straw. Once used to keep bees, they were discarded when hives that could be opened to harvest honey or care for the bees were developed, as the skep had to be destroyed to gather the honey. Also, it is now required that you be able to gain entrance to your hive for medication against mites, so skeps can no longer be used.


Janene said...

I love the look of bee skeeps!
Someone just had a tutorial posted on their blog about how to make one!
On of these days I will have to try to make my own.
Really enjoy reading your post!