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    Alkaline soil and goldenrod nectar

    I have noticed here on Long Island, goldenrod is blooming, but no bees working it, I was told by a local beek, that because of our alkaline soil here on Long Island (NY) that goldenrod does not...
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    Re: Do you paint your hives?

    What is your ratio of linseed oil to beeswax? What kind of linseed oil?
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    Re: National Honeybee Day.

    I'm gonna go hug my bees to thank them
  4. Re: Thoughts on a Fall Flow in the Northeast??

    Just amazing, that the more I research nectar sources for our "invasive, non-native" honeybees, I find their favorite nectar sources are plants that here in NA, botanically are classified as noxious,...
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    Re: plants bee like

    Here is my mountain mint, lots of bumblebees and others, no honeybees!
    http://i930.photobucket.com/albums/ad145/tomvitti/null_zpsdd802fed.jpg
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    Re: plants bee like

    Strange, my girls won't touch my mountain mint! I think I have Virginia mountain mint...
  7. Re: Thoughts on a Fall Flow in the Northeast??

    Are they getting honey or pollen or both from purple loosestrife? Amazing such a highly invasive plant is helpful!
  8. Re: Anyone in south use feed bags, etc as inner covers on nucs or hives ? SHB

    A little OT, but I wonder if feed bags would be good propolis traps? Especially the opaque ones, easy to roll up and freeze, and fairly slippery to remove...
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    Re: Queenless or virgin queen?

    Thank you again Michael Bush!! I do have a queen coming, but I will make up a nuc with it, and keep adding frames of brood/eggs to the troubled hive...
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    Queenless or virgin queen?

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    Installed package bees around may, at end of June, started to see swarm cells, then no sign of queen or eggs/brood, combined them with a nuc with a marked, laying queen, couldn't check...
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    Re: Sandy wipes out NYC apiary

    Parts of their hives are beginning to wash up around NYC
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    Re: Another sandy casualty

    Believe me, losing one hive is trivial compared to everything else down here, but we will rebuild, and yes I had two AJ's beetle traps with oil and two FBM traps, didn't put a dent in them, worst...
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    Another sandy casualty

    I lost my last surviving hive! :(
    I secured it before the storm with ratchet straps, they were doing fine before the storm, went out today, they are gone!
    I was battling SHB all fall, and now they...
  14. Poll: Re: Do you like Mead? Do you not like Mead? Have you tried Mead? POLL

    My first taste of mead was a chaucers, yuck! Had to give mead another try. I tasted a few homebrewed versions and a small commercial brand, and brewed my own! So far I have made Joes ancient orange,...
  15. Re: SHB-Small hive beetle-survive through winter?

    I'm not too far from you, and I have had them for a few years, this year is the worst, I have had good luck with AJ's beetle traps, and I have heard that if you sprinkle diatamecous earth on the...
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    Re: AJ's Beetle eater traps

    I am swarming with SHB! I have AJ's traps, and they seem to work ok, but I think to be effective, I need to have a beetle trap in each hive box, right now I have two in four medium boxes, two fat bee...
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    Re: more questions about storing frames

    PDB is Para Dichlorobenzene FDA approved wax moth control, the trade name is para moth, all the bee supply companies carry it. I don't use any chemicals, just freeze for 24-48 hrs then store...
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    Re: more questions about storing frames

    Don't use moth crystals or "mothballs" it's toxic to bees, you can use PDB but that is a high residual chemical, after you froze the frames, just leave them in a super, with all openings sealed...I...
  19. Re: Neighbor Throwing Down the Gaunlet On My Bees

    Did you bring over any honey or other bee products (mead always works!) ?? works as a peace offering...For all they know, it could be the presidents bees! Tell em to call the white house!
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    Re: blueberry melomel recipe

    My question is, better to add berries to primary or secondary? Yeast choices?
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    Costco Honey

    Apparently the big box stores are getting the message, hope others take costcos lead and source their honey...
    http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201209#pg69
  22. Thread: wax moths

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    Re: wax moths

    Same thing here, was my strongest hive :(
    I just rinsed off as much gook as I could, froze the frames for 24 hrs, and let the girls clean up the rest. My other mistake was putting them over a...
  23. Re: The Fox (Monsanto) Buys the Chicken Coop (Beeologics)

    The article was posted 5/3/2012, so maybe this posting is old, but the article isnt. and the author is well versed in GMO's and yes roundup ready corn DOES contain Bt which is a powerful insecticide,...
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    Re: labels on Mason Jars

    Mainstays brand canning jars at Wally world is smooth all around
  25. Re: Making beeswax candles in an improvised solar melter

    I like the black garbage bag liner, good idea!
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