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    Re: Bee Planting

    YB - something that will be very helpful is keeping a journal of flowering plants in your immediate area. I failed to do this the first couple of years, and now that I have started, I can see what to...
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    Re: strange happening

    I've heard my dad say when he was a kid, if a swarm was spotted, he would chase after it - banging on metal dish pans and such. I think the idea was simulate a thunderstorm to get the swarm to...
  3. Re: For the beekeepers in the south east - What are you planting this summer and fall

    Mike, I have a few late plants that just emerged. 80 days is what is stated until - I assume - flowering. That should be around October 1st. I generally don't get a frost before the 15th but my goal...
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    Re: Why they do that?

    ABK,

    My comment was more to the ones not associated with OP. My experience - being approved for a grant on a drystack litter shed. Circumstances changed and I was informed if I didn't proceed...
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    Re: Why they do that?

    Vance...I think Two_cyl has it pegged. USDA/NRCS = subsidies. I have "taken advantage" of a couple over the years. I have found the strings attached (sometimes) makes no (common) sense.

    Am I...
  6. Re: How do I get the boxes apart without breaking them?

    Sounds like another good tip...

    Sergey, I must ask - are those striped runways I'm seeing on the bottom board? :)

    CC
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    Re: planting buckwheat in a drought

    The only problem I have in using a drag is the stubble/debris collects and makes for dips, ditches, humps and bumps...
    What works well for me is a disc harrow with all the "angle" removed and set...
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    Re: Break in brood cycle?

    How is your weather? Getting dry? Check out this thread: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?272091-Do-queens-shut-down

    CC
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    Re: planting buckwheat

    Scrapfe - I bought japanese buckwheat two years ago as an alternative to the common. You know, the nectar production debate. Not wanting to lose my seed, I have planted in strips to make it easier to...
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    Re: planting buckwheat

    Buckwheat will bloom - shall we say "in succession" ? There will be mature seeds on the lower branches while it is flowering at the top. So, it CAN become a weed. To some people, anyway.

    I think...
  11. Re: Someone posted some time ago about growing thyme...

    Wow...

    Lauri - turn those hives 180 degrees and your bees can become bonafide couch potatoes. Or maybe that would be comb potatoes?

    Very nice.

    CC
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    Re: Gerber Peas

    Rx,
    I don't recall seeing honeybees work green/sweet peas. I know bumbles do. Not to say they won't or can't...just never noticed.
    I want to think it may have to do with the flower structure....
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    Re: What kind of combs Wax Moth atract to?

    I agree with Mark - freezing combs before storing works. However, unless you keep them in the freezer, other measures will be needed to prevent re-infestation.
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    Re: What kind of combs Wax Moth atract to?

    I use plastic foundation so if it is a small area, I scratch out the "track". Large areas I have scraped down, but most cases I just replace the entire frame.
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    Re: What kind of combs Wax Moth atract to?

    I try to keep them in freezer at least 48 hours.
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    Re: planting buckwheat in a drought

    Many opinions on buckwheat and nectar from it. I have planted different varieties....at different times....under different growing conditions. The only planting I have no opinion on is early spring....
  17. Re: Need opinions on the Honey Super Cell frames

    I've been considering starting a colony on HSC for the sole purpose of getting them to draw foundationless frames that I would put between the HSC brood frames. My assumption is

    1) the...
  18. Re: My hives are getting robbed , put on a robber screen, what's this ? Picture inclu

    Steve,

    I've never experienced robbing - but I recall a recent discussion and the advice, as I recall, was screen the entrance at night after everybody was home. Next day, with screen still in...
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    Re: Bees not working hubam

    Probably due to the dry conditions. Blooms do not always equal nectar. We went through a similar period here with very little rainfall for about 6-8 weeks. Made for testy bees and I would rarely see...
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    Re: Colecting honey

    Oneup...I feel my first and biggest mistake as a beginner was robbing the super of their late spring stores. It was MY first taste of MY honey. I wound up losing the hive the following early spring....
  21. Re: Is it possible to capture a swarm before leaves hive?

    I resemble that remark...

    Very much worth doing for the experience, as well as keeping your bees at home.
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    Re: Questions about regular sweet clover

    Clover seeds are usually coated with an innoculant (light blue color?) to help with germination. Also, many other seeds are coated with a fungicide (red/orange color). Both are bee-safe.
  23. Re: 5 days between hive moves should be plenty

    I've always read two weeks between moves...or a branch or something in front of the entrance to make them re-orient.
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    Re: new split problem

    Might get a clue here: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?270655-Automatic-Supersedure-of-1st-year-Colonies

    Not saying the thread pertains to your situation exactly - just...
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    Re: Critical Mass

    Very cool colors there, rail...

    As for drawing out frames, was that feeding or foraging only?
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