Basics of Beekeeping: Supply List - Jeanne Oliver

Supply List

:: Equipment Checklist ::

bee suit
gloves (rubber or leather)
hive tool (the “j-hook”)
feeding equipment

:: Hive Component Checklist ::
top cover/roof
inner cover
shallow super
queen excluder
brood bodies

:: For your construction of hives ::
hammer (if using nails) or pneumatic nailer (if using compressor)
primer + paint + sealer

:: Bees ::

:: Recommended ::

Join a local beekeepers association/group Register your hives on DriftWatch (

If you currently do not have any hives, and just can’t wait to get some local honey, then check under Local Harvest’s website:

Where we get (some of) our beekeeping supplies:

We cannot stress enough to talk to other beekeepers and find a mentor…as well as acquiring many books on bees and beekeeping (don’t forget your library)


Honey vinaigrette

1/2 cup red wine vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
Mason jar or other glass jar with lid

* mix together and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week

(please note: this recipe can be doubled easily)

Honey scrub
A small bowl
11/2 cup of olive oil
1 ¾ cups of pure cane sugar
5 Tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons dried lavender buds (flowers)
1 whole lemon finely grated (optional)

– Mix all ingredients well together in bowl
– store in glass jar with lid in fridge if using lemon, on counter if no lemon

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