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  1. This is what I have found

    If there is a flow on, the bees totally ignore the plants and herbs in my yard in favor of the
    feast they have found elsewhere. When that tapers off they are back in my yard again happpily buzzing...
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    A few options

    The previous posters offer good advise about timing your spraying. As far as the chemicals you need, checking out your local extension office is the best bet. I am in the humid southeast and take a...
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    crystalization labels

    Brushy Mountain and probably others sell a small sticky label that explains why natural honey crystalizes. They are inexpensive and serve to educate the public. Theresa.
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    Has anyone seen the add?

    I have not recieved mine yet. Theresa.
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    one close to you

    I'm in NC and have been ordering from Camden Grey in Miami. Best prices around. www.camdengrey.com.

    Theresa
  6. Thread: Hand lotion

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    Propolis is good for lots of things

    First of all I have a question for George. How do you powder your propolis without gumming up whatever machine you use?

    I use propolis in my products as a natural preservative, first disolving it...
  7. Thread: lotion bars

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    Another source

    I have used Camden Grey for the last three years. You can actually use most types of vegetable butter in the recipe stated. I used Mowrah Butter for a while but am switching back to Shea Butter as...
  8. Thread: Weak split

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    Swap places

    After the foragers have left for the morning, swap the weak hive for the strong hive. You will gain the foraging population in the weak hive when they return for the day and equalize them. Theresa.
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    Vitex

    or Chaste berry is the most popular with all types of bees and butterflies. A close second is ergynium, similar to globe thistle, absolutly covered! You can't go wrong with most herbs too when they...
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    I just put it full strength on the top bars. ...

    I just put it full strength on the top bars. About ten drops or so. It will last about a month depending on temperature. I get mine from camdengrey.com. Theresa.
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    Canning jars

    I pay $6 for a case (12) half pint or pint canning jars at Big Lots. People prefer glass and these are the cheapest ones I've found. Shipping costs will kill you when ordering glass online. ...
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    Poplar was good here in Southern NC

    Not affected by the freeze but just about done for now. Got five capped shallows from the strong hive but nothing from the other two. Theresa.
  13. Thread: Roundup

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    Double strength is a bad idea

    And this is why. Round up is taken up by the leaves and then down into the roots of the plant which is what kills the weed. If a stronger concentration is used it causes the leaves to die before...
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    We all need choices

    I think it's a good idea and some women will find it a comfortable fit. I have met some women in my life who are very intimidated by men, in person or 1000 miles away on a computer. Not quite sure...
  15. Don't be too hard on yourself

    Learning is part of the fun. You won't learn if you don't try lots of different things. And as long as your bees are not your sole source of income, it's all good. I have made a lot of mistakes...
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    I read the article

    I have a love/hate relationship with the fire ant. They do control varroa mites by eating the ones that fall to the ground and they sure do like to snack on ticks and fleas. Neither of my outdoor...
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    Flow ends in about three weeks

    I take off honey at the end of May as we are usually in a dearth by early June. The summer is pretty slow for the most part and then we get a smaller fall flow with cotton, aster and goldenrod. The...
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    I made one of these

    The one posted on the bat conservation website. Very easy to build but the hard part was hauling it up 20 feet in the air and mounting it to the house because mine was quite heavy. (I enlarged the...
  19. I caught small one too

    but have no idea if it was because of the lemongrass oil. It was a little smaller than a football. Seems to have a queen though. Theresa.
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    I vote no on the BBQ

    Now, I know I will be assaulted here but NC BBQ is quite odd and quite frankly, I don't like it. But like I said, I'm not from here. (Dodging rotten fruits and veggies and slinking out the back...
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    sounds good

    I thought about putting a feeder on them but it goes against my grain to coddle them. If they had taken up in a hollow tree they wouldn't get sugar syrup and our flow is good and strong right now...
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    Multiple queens seems common

    at least amongst you folks. That's good to know because I had assumed that only one queen was allowed and having two was an extreme rarity. I guess the only way you would know this is to either...
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    Not from here

    but moved here for love....ok, Uncle Sam said you have to go and we did. Three years ago. So many of our fellow soldiers and their families love it here and decide to stay after their service is...
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    They're in

    So at first light while they were still chilled and sleepy, I lowered them into the nuc, gave it a wack and quickly put the cover on. Got most of them and hopefully the queen and hopefully they will...
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    Great suggestions

    I am going to put the nuc on another bottom board and then lower them into the nuc after removing a couple of frames. But it's getting dark now so first thing in the a.m. Theresa.
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