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    Yes, my main reason for planting was not for...

    Yes, my main reason for planting was not for honey, which was just an extra. My primary purpose was to create un "undesirable" zone for varroa, hoping that, while it probably wouldn't kill them, they...
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    IPM Planting of Thyme and Bee Balm

    I have not seen this suggested anywhere or any studies done.

    Thymol is used to control Varroa mites. It is contained in both thyme and Bee Balm, both members of the mint family. Although dosage...
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    Whit painter's pants and white work shirt....

    Whit painter's pants and white work shirt. Because I don't want to get wax and propolis stains on the jeans. I started wearing a long white kitchen apron from Sam's club with front pockets. It takes...
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    Don't use regular door screen as a substitute. It...

    Don't use regular door screen as a substitute. It is too fine. It will plug up from debris falling on it and then you in effect have a solid bottom. Use at least #8 which lets debris fall through,...
  5. How is this "pollen patties"? Your ingredients do...

    How is this "pollen patties"? Your ingredients do not include any pollen or pollen substitute or yeast. Looks like glorified sugar feed. Pollen patties are a PROTIEN source to balance the sugar...
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    I just pulled the last two of my plastic Kelley...

    I just pulled the last two of my plastic Kelley covers off that I bought twenty years ago. Things were so warped and turned up at the edges it looked like a mixing bowl. Created a huge gap around the...
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    Why not just paint the top bars green and you...

    Why not just paint the top bars green and you have made your own "drone comb" for Varroa control. then put them about in frame 3 or 8.
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    No it is not. Remember, the pollen as you have it...

    No it is not. Remember, the pollen as you have it is how we took it from them in the first place and they are used to dealing with it that way.
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    Hope you enjoyed your stay in Pumpkin Town and...

    Hope you enjoyed your stay in Pumpkin Town and are still pure of heart. :gh:
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    I used to use primer, but started using a new...

    I used to use primer, but started using a new Latex paint last year. It is called Valspar from Lowe's. It is paint and primer all-in-one. Says right on the can "Self-Priming". It has a Lifetime...
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    Good setup. However I would paint the edges....

    Good setup. However I would paint the edges. That's where the water will collect as it runs down the side and then sits on the raw wood between the boxes and rots it.
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    Nope, it's not. to quote doityourself.com "Keep...

    Nope, it's not. to quote doityourself.com "Keep moisture away from shellac surfaces. Water or a damp environment, as in humidity, makes shellac sticky." That's why shellac finishes on furniture show...
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    Painting the wax on does not do the job...

    Painting the wax on does not do the job correctly. Painting it on only coates the surface, does not penetrate, and weares off faster than paint. I wax dip my hives. The purpose of protecting the hive...
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    Thanks! That is a great link for someone...

    Thanks! That is a great link for someone interested in expanding.
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    Oh, I have mites they seem to deal with them. The...

    Oh, I have mites they seem to deal with them. The County inspector tried to get Sue Colbey to get some of mine when she was at OSU but it was shortly before she left and it did'nt happen. I do worry...
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    No, His name is Dan Grant, Circleville, Ohio. ...

    No, His name is Dan Grant, Circleville, Ohio.

    I had thought of dealing in Queens but have no experience other than studying about it. My three hives are all survivors, and no dead hives since...
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    Some good stories from some dedicated people...

    Some good stories from some dedicated people here. It seems sleep is not an option though during the season. With this dedication, maybe beekeepers should be running the government recovery efforts....
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    you would have to really watch not to overload. A...

    you would have to really watch not to overload. A full deep is 90#. A full double is 180# and three hives like mention is 40# overwieght, not counting full supers of honey. I would make sure it was...
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    There is a guy I know in my town who owned about...

    There is a guy I know in my town who owned about 2000 he said (not solo) but "retired" and told me he only runs 150 now.
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    They can leave but just can't figure out how to...

    They can leave but just can't figure out how to get back. If one did it would be real isolated case. House bees would not stay to tend honey, only nurse bees maybe on brood. You only use escape...
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    I switched to all mediums and cut down MOST of my...

    I switched to all mediums and cut down MOST of my deeps on a table saw. However I kept a few to use as a top box in case I use my half gallon top feeder bottles, or someone gives me a free swarm or...
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    How many hives for solo operator?

    So how may hives can a solo operator practically work alone as a sideline with no other job and aged in your 50's?
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    If you are just putting the feeder bucket over...

    If you are just putting the feeder bucket over the hole in the inner cover, you only need a small area with holes. Small holes as made with a small nail used to fasten bottom bars. You don't want it...
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    You won't need pollen patties yet. They induce...

    You won't need pollen patties yet. They induce brood rearing but before that they have to build comb. Without filled out comb they won't have anyplace to store the pollen anyway. Feed sugar syrup to...
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    Well you have all the right equipment to start....

    Well you have all the right equipment to start. However you don't want to leave it all an at once if you have no bees yet. Take off all those mediums. Start with just one deep. You don't want to add...
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