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    Re: DIY solar wax melter

    There's some plans right here on beesource: http://www.beesource.com/build-it-yourself/solar-wax-melter/
  2. Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    That is a monster tree! It doesn't have the conical shape they usually have, but when they get that old I'm sure they vary quite a bit.
  3. Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    They sure do. I don't know if I'd want them in a small yard, but I wish I had more of them in my shelter belts.
  4. Re: The flower I recommend for you. Rich Pollen/Nectar source

    The soil needs to warm up a bit before they will germinate. Once they do, they seem to bloom in about 6 weeks and continue for a couple of weeks. If you have a few spots that you want to plant, you...
  5. Re: The flower I recommend for you. Rich Pollen/Nectar source

    There are lots of low maintenance perennials that are great for bees. I try to provide what they're lacking. Are there times throughout the season where there is little nectar and/or pollen...
  6. Re: The flower I recommend for you. Rich Pollen/Nectar source

    I've never soaked phacelia seed (or done any other prep) before planting and always had good germination success.
  7. Re: Rich flower for Pollen/Nectar for almost anywhere

    I plant Borage here and there - my bees tend to favor the blue to the white. However, being a government program, 75% of the mix has to be on their "program approved list". The 25% I have to work...
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    Totally agree! The acres surrounding my house become a sea of yellow for a week or two each May. It's beautiful. When my daughter was young, she loved when they went to seed and would run through...
  9. Re: Rich flower for Pollen/Nectar for almost anywhere

    Here is a listing of all the species being planted. Some switchgrass seed is being added as filler but in a low enough concentration that it shouldn't out-compete the flowering plants:

    Sainfoin ...
  10. Re: Rich flower for Pollen/Nectar for almost anywhere

    I love Lacy Phacelia. I've planted in small plots and the bees worked it continuously while it was blooming. An easy/carefree annual that can reseed itself.

    I have 4 acres enrolled in a 3 year...
  11. Re: new book "Garden Plants for honey bees" is great

    You haven't seen the dandelions in my yard! :D
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

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    I build pretty much everything but frames. The only part of the process I don't like is painting. But I'd be doing that, regardless.
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    Re: Recommendations for bee plants in NC

    I've grown both white and blue borage. The blue bloomed a little ahead of the white and my bees seemed to much prefer the blue. However, that could be a matter of something else blooming once the...
  14. Re: new book "Garden Plants for honey bees" is great

    I ordered a copy as a gift for my mother who loves to garden and enjoys having one of my hives on her property. I enjoy her daily updates on the bees activity. :)

    I looked it over briefly before...
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    Re: Baggie Feeders

    I don't think this was specifically answered and was a question I had the first time I heard the term. It's a spacer that is the same dimensions as the hive boxes you are using with a height of...
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    Re: Learned a few things really fast

    I consider anything under $0.40/lb a decent deal. Just bought 25 lb bags of cane sugar at Costco for $8.75 yesterday. Cheapest I've seen around here in a while.
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    Re: First package install - Failure?

    Agreed. I wanted to be as gentle as possible with the first packages I installed hoping to not upset the bees. After doing a few packages, you start to realize that the faster you get them in the...
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    Re: may be dumb? what do bees eat in summer?

    You know, I hadn't really thought about it before. So this may help answer a question I was thinking about earlier this summer: Do foraging bees return to the hive without a full payload? They will...
  19. Re: Starting a new hive with foundation-less frames

    Thanks Michael - that's the "started edge" I was referring to. However, my diagonal comb was drawn across three frames with popsicle sticks in the top groove so it may still require some close...
  20. Re: Starting a new hive with foundation-less frames

    I primarily use foundationless frames, but when I started my first hive i used a box with foundation. It got me some comb and I've pretty much gone foundationless ever since. With no existing comb...
  21. Re: 2 packages installed - 1 queen left. What to do?

    Thanks all for the responses. After posting, I was able to find an available queen and went ahead and ordered her. She arrives today and I was planning on putting her cage in the hive with the cork...
  22. 2 packages installed - 1 queen left. What to do?

    I lost both of my hives this winter and ordered two new packages. I installed them this past weekend, but managed to allow one of the queens to escape during the install of one of the packages. I'm...
  23. Re: Thinking about keeping bees...looking for advice.

    I started with 2 3# packages that cost $90 each. If you need them shipped, add another $75-$90. So that's another almost $300 just for the bees. When you figure in the cost of equipment, you should...
  24. Re: Great 1st season what should I plan on for next spring?

    Because they are a natural product of a healthy hive. If they overwinter well, they will start to create drones in the spring even if you try and limit their number through manual intervention. ...
  25. Re: Great 1st season what should I plan on for next spring?

    Expect the unexepcted! :D
    Agree with JRG13 and Acebird - If all goes well over the winter, I'd say you'll be in a good position to double down with a split of each hive in the spring. Just don't...
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