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    Re: First exposure to small hive beetles.

    Thanks for the replies- so, they're definitely NOT varroa- I've dealth with that pest before. Hmm, I'm wondering if I should take a picture. The larvae crawling around definitely looked like small...
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    First exposure to small hive beetles.

    Hello all-

    I opened up some hives today and saw some small hive beetle presence. This is my first time dealing with this pest, so I'm not sure what the limit is for needing to treat in some way....
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    Re: Air Staple Gun for Foundation Frames

    I use a Ridgid brad nailer...It's a nice tool with a lifetime warranty, and only $100 at Home Depot. I figure it's worth a little extra money for that warranty- I know I'll never have to buy another...
  4. Re: Can you recommend a source for Drip Irrigation material...

    the big box stores don't really carry much that much...and they're pretty over-priced.

    dripworks, out of california, is a great source. even with shipping costs, their prices are cheaper then...
  5. Thread: Moving bees

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    Re: Moving bees

    Thanks for the advice. I probably will try moving them with this method as soon as I can muster up a helping hand to get them loaded in the truck. I'll let you know how it goes...

    Last spring my...
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    Re: Moving bees

    I have the same situation- trying to get my hives on the other side of my property this winter...

    How about if you move them less then 2 miles, but keep screens on the hives for a few days so that...
  7. Thread: Moving a Hive

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    Re: Moving a Hive

    I have a few hives that I want to move this winter to what I hope will be a better site on the other side of my property (less than 2 miles). The bees have been in their winter cluster for several...
  8. Thread: Safe aphid cure

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    Re: Safe aphid cure

    Sedum is quite hardy- down to zone 5 (-10 F) at least depending on the variety. So I wouldn't worry about coddling them too much. If you were really worried, you could always just bring them into...
  9. Thread: Safe aphid cure

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    Re: Safe aphid cure

    Hi -

    I run a non-certified organic vegetable farm. A couple of strategies we use:

    1. Unless they get to a certain threshold where they seem to be harming the plant, we just tolerate them. Not...
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    Re: considering going to foundationless

    I don't think "organic" is a blanket term for "sustainable" at all. Even before the US government got involved with the watering down of organic standards, there have always been unsustaibable...
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    Re: Warree TBH confusion

    It sounds like in the interest of not building more off-size equipment, I should be OK using 10-frame medium langs (2 mediums = 1.6 cubic feet). I currently use all mediums in my operation, and would...
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    Re: Warree TBH confusion

    I haven't had a chance to read Warre's book yet (it's on my winter reading list), but from what I have read about Warre hives, here's a question I've had that I was hoping somebody could help me...
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    Re: considering going to foundationless

    True, modern agricultural practices aimed at increasing production at all costs have boosted food production tremendously in the past few decades (one of the main reasons for the disappearance of...
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    Re: Overwintering Bees on Honey?

    Jack B. Nimble-

    Thanks for all of the good information. It amazes me that both you and your bees can deal with that harsh climate.

    I wholeheartedly agree with your comments questioning how...
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    Re: Overwintering Bees on Honey?

    Not to get too off-subject, and not trying to be disrespectful in any way, but I'm genuinely curious- has the rising costs of nucs/package bees for spring replacement made it somewhat less...
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    Re: Foundationless frames question.

    What prevents you from rearranging combs easily?
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    Re: Foundationless frames question.

    Thanks all for the suggestions. I had thought about the popcicle stick method- I had good success doing it that way this season- but thought it would be easier just to rip the cuts into the top bars...
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    Foundationless frames question.

    Hello-

    I have a bunch of grooved top frames that I'm wanting to use next year as foundationless frames. After reading about a bunch of different ways of doing it, it seems like putting a 45...
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    Re: So many books, so little time...

    Thanks all-
    I've really come to appreciate all of the expertise on this site, and the willingness to help newbies! I'm putting together my winter reading list...
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    Re: So many books, so little time...

    Thanks- new to the internet forum thing...didn't know to search older posts first.
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    So many books, so little time...

    There are a lot of beekeeping books out there- I'm looking for some recommendations! I have read quite a few of the more "beginner" books, but as I'm entering my 3rd year as a beekeeper, I'm trying...
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    Re: What happened to the yellow jackets etc?

    I had a feeling this summer was going to be a bad "bug" summer...last winter was a cold one, but every time the temps dropped low enough to kill off some over the overwintering bug population, there...
  23. Re: Rossman Apiaries...friendly on the phone, how's the product?

    I concur- quality woodenware that has held up well, and a package of bees I ordered from them a few years back is still running strong! Their prices also seem to be lower on most items. I would not...
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    Re: Goldenrod and the heat?

    I concur that the goldenrod bloom is a few weeks past the "normal" date this year. Here in the mountains of SW Virginia we're usually looking forward to our first frost of the season in a week or...
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    Re: Buckwheat-tell me about it.

    Like crazy! I use it quite a bit as a cover crop as a in between cash crops in my vegetable operation...I love using it for many of the reasons others have mentioned (grows quickly, bees love it,...
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