A separate section on the subject of biodynamic beekeeping is being created here. In advance, we already have the very popular winter food tea for bees according to Matthias K. Thun in our range and initial information about it. Also two books. We are currently expanding our list of literature on the subject of apiculture adapted to the needs of bees.
Winter food tea (bee food) according to Matthias K. Thun
What is winter food tea?
This tea additive serves to strengthen the organism of the individual bee so that it becomes less susceptible to disease.In over 35 years of beekeeping, Matthias K. Thun says he has been able to avoid any use of medicines on the bees thanks to the addition of tea. Rudolf Steiner recommends chamomile tea and a pinch of salt, the further development by Matthias K. Thun includes tea from all plants from which the biodynamic preparations are made. The tea additive contains the dried flowers of the biodynamic preparation plants yarrow, chamomile, dandelion and valerian as well as dried nettle, oak bark and horsetail.
How is the winter food tea used?
The winter food is first mixed with sugar and water in a ratio of 2:1. For every 2 kilos of sugar there is 1 liter of water. To this is added 5% to 10% flower honey. Finally, 1-2 liters of tea are added per 100 liters of finished solution in order to enrich the winter food with the necessary flower powers. The teas are made individually with approx. 250ml water and then mixed together.
3g of each plant are required for 100 liters of ready-made feed solution.
Yarrow, chamomile, dandelion blossoms and valerian blossoms are each poured with approx. 250ml boiling water and drained after 15 minutes. Stinging nettle, oak bark and field horsetail are first mixed with approx. 250ml water for approx. 5 minutes and then boiled. After ten minutes steeping is sieved.
Literature on the topic
Michael Weiler - man and the bees
What lies between visiting flowers and enjoying honey remains hidden from man. Only the beekeeper who looks after the bees can study this cosmos of the bee colony and its life processes. And even experienced professional beekeepers are always touched and amazed when the beehive is opened. "Man and the Bees" is not a beekeeping book. Michael Weiler, a beekeeper who was a former teacher and also a consultant for Demeter beekeeping, addresses everyone who is somehow fascinated by bees and wants to know more about these insects. As an experienced observer and precise narrator, he takes the reader to his bees and reports on everything that can be seen and experienced there. By reading, you can take part in the mysterious and wonderful life of bees. In the end, not only is the thirst for knowledge quenched, but imperceptibly and quietly the view has also changed. The reader will wander through the world of bees and flowers with different eyes and different feelings.
Matthias K. Thun - The bee, attitude and care
In the sunflower we find the five-pointed star in the arrangement of the seeds, as it results from the rhythms of Venus. The bee lives with the same rhythms of Venus. In the physicality of the calf structure, the bee uses the same hexagonal forces that formed the rock crystal in the development of the earth. This signature can be found in all areas of the bee's life. She accompanies the reader through this book.