Newsletter, Calendar & What's New



Here's links to the latest PPBA Newsletters - Honey Guides!


April 2017 Honey Guides
2017-04 PPBA Newsletter.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.4 MB]
January 2017 Honey Guides
2017-01 PPBA Newsletter.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.8 MB]






April 20th, 6:30pm:  General Membership Meeting: The program for the April’s meeting is "Honeybees and Pesticides: A Synthesis of Current Research" by Dan Lykins, Professor at UCCS. Dan’s specialty is biology with emphasis on Colorado plants and birds and zoology.  


June 9th 10th, 2017:  Colorado State Beekeepers Summer Meeting:  Garfield County Fairgrounds, Rifle, and Paul and Nanci  Limbach’s place in Silt.  The guest speaker will be Katie Lee, one of Dr. Marla Spivak protégés.  Katie Lee taught California queen breeders how to select for hygienic traits and will be showing CSBA attendees how to test if your bees are hygienic (meaning if they have a natural housecleaning inclination to remove chalk brood, mites, even American foulbrood).  


June 2107: Bee Yard visit; place/time TBA


July 8th, 2017:  Colorado Professional Beekeeping Association Summer Meeting:  The meeting will be at The Steam Plant Event Center in the historical district of Salida.


June 17th, 2017, 10am – noon:  Extractor Class. Take this class to learn about extracting and to be eligible to rent a PPBA extractor!  (Place TBA; date subject to change.)


July 15th, 2017 (Tentative):  PPBA Summer Picnic. Details to follow!


July 20th, 2017:   PPBA General Membership Meeting.

July 22nd – 29th, 2017:   E
l Paso County Fair.


August 12th, 2017, 10am – noon:  Extractor Class. Take this class to learn about extracting and to be eligible to rent a PPBA extractor!  (Place TBA; date subject to change.)


August 2017:  Bee Yard Visit; place/time TBA.

October 19th, 2017:  PPBA General Membership Meeting.






Bee Packages:  Be sure you know where your bees will be coming from. Some bee suppliers get their bees from southern states - and we want to avoid importing Africanized bees into Colorado.


Here's a list of bee friendly plants and shrubs! (from Kim G)

Suggested Plants for Honey Bees
Trees & Shrubs

Maple (Acer), Elm (American and Siberian), Linden (Tilia americanum), Fruit trees (Apple, Crab apple, Cherry, Plum, Peach, Apricot) Sumac (Rhus), Willows (Salix), Red Bud (Cercis Canadensis), Blackberry (Rubus), Raspberry (Rubus) Serviceberry (Amelanchier), Current (Ribes), Rabbit brush (Chrysothamnus), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos), Cotoneaster sp., Spirea x bumalda, Lilac (Syringa), ‘Blue Mist Spirea’ (Caryopteris), Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), Rose, Elderberry (Sambucus), Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium), Buffalo berry (Shepherdia argentia), Woodbine vine/Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Flowers & Herbs
Yellow Sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis), White Sweet clover (Melilotus albus), Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Asters (Asteracea), Catmint (Nepeta), Sage (Salvia), Poppy (Papaver orientale), Allium sp., Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantine), Foxtail Lily (Eremurus), Globe thistle (Echinops), Sedum sp., Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), Lavender, Agastache sp., Rocky Mountain bee plant (Cleome serrulata), Gaillardia aristata, Veronica spicata, Goldenrod (Solidago), Lawn clover (Trifolium hybridum), Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) (single varieties), Penstemon eatonii, Bee balm (Monarda), Milkvetch (Astragalus), Milkweed (Asclepias), Calendula (Calendula) (single varieties), Coneflower (Echinacea), Daisies (Chrysanthemum or Dendranthema), Scabiosa, Gay feather (Liatris), Sunflowers (Helianthus), Vervain (Verbena bonariensis), Wild buckwheat (Eriogonum), Globe mallow (Sphaeralcea), Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Borage (Borago officinalis), Mints (Mentha), Winter Savory (Satureja Montana), Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Oregano (Origanum), Marjoram (Origanum), Thyme (Thymus), Rosemary


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