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  1. Re: Beekeeping for idiots. . . starring . . . .Splorndle!

    I strained a couple different batches of honey about mid winter from deadouts. The 1st batch off the top supers was all honey.
    The 2nd batch digging deeper into the hives had some sugar syrup in it....
  2. Thread: My blueberries

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    Re: My blueberries

    Pretty well i guess, haven't had any issues that i am aware of.
  3. Thread: My blueberries

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    Re: My blueberries

    We have 5 highbush blueberry planted probably 6-7 years ago. Patriot and Blueray mix.
    The bumblebees pollinate them quite well and are averaging a total of about 25-30
    qts per year for the last...
  4. Thread: What to do

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    Re: What to do

    Appreciate all the input.



    Yeah, I don't think having some deeps around could hurt anything. Hope to expand some if we can get any bees through the winter.
    I'm not sure how Oxford showed up in...
  5. Thread: What to do

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    Re: What to do

    Thanks for all the advice.
    Probably wouldn't hurt to have some deep boxes and frames around
    just for this purpose.
    My hives are 8 frame and the nucs are 4 frame.
    Would it be better to add wax...
  6. Thread: What to do

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    What to do

    Last spring the package bees fit nicely into medium boxes. The package bees did not survive the winter.
    This year I am getting nucs so do i need to get some deep boxes and frames built to...
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    Re: Honey separation in pint jars.

    OK, thanks
    I remember putting some sugar water on in the fall so maybe thats it. Don't recall them taking much of it but that may be the separation thing on top.
    Should i pour off the thin liquid...
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    Honey separation in pint jars.

    Can anyone tell me what the clear thin liquid represents in the top 1/2" of our pint honey jars?
    This was bottled about 6 weeks ago after straining from hives that didn't make it through the winter....
  9. Thread: planers

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    Re: planers

    If you are only planing boards 10" or less and not tens of thousands lineal feet of lumber than the smaller planers would probably
    do anyone just fine. Portable is nice if you don't have much shop...
  10. Thread: planers

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    Re: planers

    Like others have said, the box shop 12-13" planers are good for hobby woodworkers.

    I needed one many years ago and bought a portable 13" Rigid with stand from home depot. ($350 ?)

    On my 12"...
  11. 2010 documentary: Queen of the Sun, what the bees are telilng us.

    In case you missed it or haven't heard of it, on youtube. Pretty good .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frYkQfdQH-w
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    Re: Why do you keep bees?

    Needed more pollinators for apples and vegetables so took up bees and beekeeping last year.

    Some years we got lucky with the timing of the apple blossoms and arrival of neighborhood bees and some...
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    Re: Zombie like bees discovered in VT

    I'm betting that "Champ" the Loch Ness Monster of Lake Champlain has something to do with this .:)
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    Zombie like bees discovered in VT

    Oh my !

    http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/_Zombie__bee_infestation_found_in_Vermont.html
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    Re: Buckwheat Question

    A local guy with a tractor and tiller for hire for $35-40 hr would be a reasonably cost effective solution to buying your own equipment .
    I've been buying local feed store buckwheat seed to plant ....
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    Re: Prices of nucs - shockingly wide variation

    Looks like the price for 3lb. Italian packages/italian queen from Ga. is $105 here this year from a local seller, up $10 i think from last year.
    The local overwintered nuc for $120 sounds like a...
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    Re: Prices of nucs - shockingly wide variation

    Getting 2 overwintered 4 frame Carniolan nucs for $120 each from a reputable local Apiary .
    There is also a refundable $20 ea. hold and nuc box return fee.
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    Re: Hobby Beekeeping increasing in popularity

    We got into it last year because our apple trees were not getting pollinated . We are quite rural .
    The southern packages arrived late in May , about 3-4 weeks later than expected so the apple trees...
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    Re: The Northeast Pollinator Partnership

    Video on apple pollinators in the Northeast. Maybe we have some commercial operators here who participate in
    apple pollination ?


    http://www.newenglandapples.org/index.php?id=71
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    The Northeast Pollinator Partnership

    Are you an apple grower in the Northeast ?
    Would you be interested in participating in and or supporting research of wild and
    managed bees in your apple orchards ?
    Looks like a fun and...
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    Re: Another week of minus temps.

    I'm on board with ready for spring. Stoking the wood stove(s) is getting old about now.
    No longer worried about my 2 hives because they died last month. Have 2 local nucs on order for mid May....
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    Re: Winter honey harvest and honey quality

    I tried feeding them in the fall but they didn't seem very interested in it so guess I've got pure honey.
    I was hoping to hear it would still be good quality honey !
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    Winter honey harvest and honey quality

    What will the quality of honey be when capped frames are harvested in January due to dead outs ?
    Just curious , I crushed and strained 8 full frames that the bees never got to before dying off.
    It...
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    Re: Hive check (post them here)

    2 out of 2 dead
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    Re: Baby it's cold outside!!

    I found out today that my 1st year Ga. Italian packages didn't make it through the recent cold spell to minus 20 degrees.
    Both hives dead upon checking them today @ 45* F. Can i have the honey now?,...
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