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  1. Re: Dearth near Pittsburgh? What plants to help?

    For this year, I would second the Buckwheat, if planning for next year, buy as much sweet clover as you have room for, the seed is cheap and the bees love it. Next spring plant Sainfoin, I did this...
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    Re: Sainfoin Success

    I got mine here http://www.westernwonder.com/store/search.asp?DEPARTMENT_ID=&KEYWORD=Sainfoin&x=8&y=14
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    Re: Sainfoin Success

    The bees have been hitting it hard here now that there are many blooms and a lot more still coming. I wasn't sure whether I could get this going here in the east, but it looks good so far.
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    Re: Sainfoin Success

    Our soil here tends to be more acid, but weeks before planting I tilled in an enormous amount of lime and brought the soil up to 8.0. Also forgot to mention that this plot had Mancan Buckwheat in it...
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    Sainfoin Success

    About a month and a half ago I planted 5 lbs of Sainfoin as an experiment here in central PA. From what I read, it was supposed to germinate in 7 - 14 days. When nothing happened, I chalked the...
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    Swarm Trap surprise

    I have been doing fairly good on the swarm trap exercise. 3 for 3 after about 10 days. This particular trap had bees buzzing around it within 3 days of placement. The weather has been horrible for...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    Use local stock and let nature dictate, if the bees don't make it, they weren't meant to. I used local bees and queens from another TF apiary, my bees came through winter fine, I don't use medicine,...
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    Re: Using cutout comb

    I did a live cutout a few weeks ago, hived the bees but saved the other extra comb for use in swarm traps.
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    Re: Cleaning out the bottom board

    There, I fixed it since you apparently didn't comprehend that I said POLLEN. I know the difference, but thanks for assuming.
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    Is a man not allowed his convictions without proof? Could it be that it is put there is a "take it or leave it" proposition? I for one like to be able to listen to all views and choose which I feel...
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    Re: Cleaning out the bottom board

    I thought to do the same thing but when I removed the entrance reducer a week ago, there was mountains of pollen on the floor, so I just switched to a bigger size entrance, replaced the reducer and...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    :applause:
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    Re: how much white clover to plant for bees

    Don't know any of them....you? :shhhh:
  14. Thread: Total loss

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    Re: Total loss

    I agree, very well could be bears, in fact, I just inspected a yard with my mentor that had had a visit from a bear. Boxes scattered, none broke, and no teeth marks, but the prints in the snow do not...
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    First Cut Out

    Took part in my first cutout this morning. Initially, we thought is was only a tiny hive when we go the boards off, that is until we realized that this hive wasn't vertical but rather horizontal. We...
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    Re: First-year flowering perrenials

    Sainfoin using succession planting?
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    Re: Red Buckwheat

    Same here, as I took spent veggie plants out of the garden I replaced with Mancan Buckwheat, since I planted it over a month, there was a constant bloom till frost, always covered with bees, but only...
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    Re: Yesterday's action

    I planted 100s of crocus' over the past couple years, even when I didn't have bees. Now of course I am happy I did. Ours up here in Mifflin County are just starting to show green, perhaps we will...
  19. Re: Is it too soon to start feeding pollen in Iowa?

    I added two Saturdays ago.
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    Re: Bringing in pollen

    mdadams, I too am in central PA. Mifflin Co. I was just down to see the bees, they were bringing in pollen as well, I believe mine are working my budded out neighbors Maple.
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    Second flying day of the year

    I expect they will be flying the next several days with the warm temps and bright sunshine. They looked happy. I spent 45 minutes or so observing, there were funeral bees carrying dead ones away from...
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    Re: Feral bees in fallen beech tree

    If there is one entrance, you could try a one way funnel.
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    Re: And We're Off!

    Mine were flying today. We had about 46 here today but 40-60 over the next 5 days. Could it bee?
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    Re: Do peach blossoms produce nectar

    It must, because one of my close friends has a peach orchard, he grows three or so varieties. He says he has never seen bees working his peaches ever.
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    Re: Plastic Honey Bears and Jars

    How about a heating pad on low?
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