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  1. I stumbled on a row of evodia trees...

    Yesterday I turned into a urban parking lot to make a turn around and found myself face to face with a row of 15 foot tall tetradium trees. Amazing! The bees were happily foraging he white blossoms....
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    white honey from vetch

    We usually get a nice crop of yellow of white honey from purple, common and hairy vetch. really, our first crop of the year. Has a vanilla/ansise flavor to my palete.

    You'd have to plant at least...
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    ...better get those glasses checked, Robert. Go...

    ...better get those glasses checked, Robert. Go back and re read it again.

    I never said I used that stuff in my hives. Just because I dont use chems- doesnt mean I dont comunicate with those that...
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    tom, I always read your posts. So I was sorry...

    tom,

    I always read your posts. So I was sorry that i managed to piss you off so quick. :doh:There's alot of different kinds of keepers. Understand , were sort of hippy out here on the coast- we...
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    sorry guys

    Sorry guys...

    Honestly, Didnt mean to hurt anyone's feelings.

    Pretty clearly there's an issue here. otherwise the tone wouldnt have gotten so shrill. I now know that now is not the time for...
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    Hi Everyone, Thanks Barry-I got your back. ...

    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks Barry-I got your back.

    Well, I did indeed iritate a couple of people. ;) sorry...

    Lets try to get this right...

    I (personally) am a:
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    R U ready to get mad?

    When fielding questions at farmers markets and presentations-
    Ive noticed that John Q. Public doesnt seem to realize that it is standard proceedure for most beekeepers to dose their hives with...
  8. Starting this tread, I just wanted do two things:...

    Starting this tread, I just wanted do two things:

    1. vent my frustration about these unworkable standards created by those who dont appear to know the first thing about honey bees foraging. And...
  9. dug, huh?:waiting:

    dug,

    huh?:waiting:
  10. Domestic organic honey certification?

    Hi all.

    The wife was checking into organic certifiction for our honey. Several different regulating bodies. for all our efforts to going chem free...we will not be able to say organic...any time...
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    a couple of years ago, I paid for 100# of clover...

    a couple of years ago, I paid for 100# of clover seed, planted it. it grew ok till june. The head man harvested and bailed it up before it flowered- without regard to my stated plans.:doh: I didnt...
  12. anyone know Guizotia abyssinica-niger

    common name: niger.

    I read in ABJ a while back this plant makes alot of honey per acre.

    There are several hybrids for the north. related to sunflowers
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    planting sweet clover

    Hi all,

    in general I am only interested in forage the is already present and growing in great profusion. but... due the high price of feed one of my location owners sold all his cattle and there...
  14. purvis has extra queens right now. The're not...

    purvis has extra queens right now. The're not russians. But found his queens to be quite good in general. May help getting some survivability into the local drone population. just a thought:)

    ...
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    My dealings with Maxant has always been positive....

    My dealings with Maxant has always been positive. I look forward to giving them my business in the near future. I was unable to buy an extractor from them; for other reasons. Jake went out of his...
  16. In NW Calif. Its bone dry. Many year round creeks...

    In NW Calif. Its bone dry. Many year round creeks and springs are dry.
    Among my dairy friends there are some very long faces.
    It started out pretty good with the hairy vetch. Blackberry was a very...
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    rainwater harvesting

    A couple of night s ago i saw a really interesting presetattion by Brad Landcaster, i think he is a hydrologist from AZ.

    http://www.harvestingrainwater.com/

    Very cool the way the're turning...
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    Hi Asrtobee, (hoo boy- dont get me started...

    Hi Asrtobee,
    (hoo boy- dont get me started :mad:)
    Good sugestion. But this time it didnt work. Probably because to make it better they would have to send UPS out to my place to pick up the POS ...
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    I found some of their equipment to be of shoddy...

    I found some of their equipment to be of shoddy workmanship.

    I bought a large smoker from them (the one with the blue and yellow plastic bellows) and right away the weld on the top broke off. It...
  20. boy oh boy! great variety of suggestions. Well to...

    boy oh boy! great variety of suggestions. Well to start with I have up to 150 mediums at this time. I can do very basic plumbing and not much electical.

    Im leaning toward the more passive, low...
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    well... for us they keep their leaves:) Our...

    well... for us they keep their leaves:) Our winter lows are about 25F.

    Then again in the summer it gets upward of 110F. In fact for the last 3 days it was in the 108F range. Some relief today of...
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    hairy vetch

    In april,
    most year we get a surplus of vetch honey. On a built up hive we might get two mediums of it. Not every hive mind you, but some hives in some locations. Not much luck planting it. but...
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    "Buddliea" try this picture Golden Globe is so...

    "Buddliea" try this picture Golden Globe is so busy in summer. Ive seen it listed as: orange buddliea too.

    Forest farm in oregon has buddliea, Evodia, both vitex, and alot of other rare nectar...
  24. setting up a hot room for supers

    Im thinking of a insulated booth with some kind of safe heating device in it. To store supers in before extraction. It wasnt really a problem before- becase I just extracted them while they were...
  25. Hi all, I'm going ahead with the Dadant 20. I...

    Hi all,

    I'm going ahead with the Dadant 20. I cant afford to mess arout with jury rigging equipment any more. Truth be told, thats my default mode. I love to monkey aroud with equipment- save...
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