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    Yep. Vitex and chaste tree are the same.

    Yep. Vitex and chaste tree are the same.
  2. Thread: Bee Balm

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    Niche Gardens is a good company to deal with....

    Niche Gardens is a good company to deal with. They have a very good selection of plants also.


    Patrick
  3. Thread: herb garden

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    Yea, I've had mountain mint for the past several...

    Yea, I've had mountain mint for the past several years. It draws all kinds of insects, including lots of bees. I've been able to divide mine every year with no problems. It spreads pretty fast.
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  4. Thread: herb garden

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    Dragonfly, I just bought two rosemary...

    Dragonfly,
    I just bought two rosemary plants last week. I have heard alot of positives about them as bee plants. The tag said these would reach 2-4 feet tall, but I didn't think rosemary got...
  5. Thread: Bee Balm

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    I have several bee balm plants. Mainly because...

    I have several bee balm plants. Mainly because they bloom all summer and they're close to being deer proof! Bee balm has fuzzy leaves and steams that hold moisture and it is therefore prone to mildew...
  6. Thread: Bees out in rain

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    I noticed the same thing with my hives yesterday....

    I noticed the same thing with my hives yesterday. I walked out to my hives, not expecting to see much, and there they were flying around!!! It was kinda strange seeing them in the rain. And as with...
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    No expert here, just suggestions. Being as far...

    No expert here, just suggestions. Being as far North as you are I wouldn't assume that just because you don't see eggs or brood you have a virgin queen. Depending on her race she may not start...
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    Could it be Borage?

    Could it be Borage?
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    12 degrees this morning. I see that's the...

    12 degrees this morning. I see that's the warmest temp. on the thread so I probably shouldn't say this but, "DANG IT'S COLD!!!
  10. Thread: Maples in bloom

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    Glad to hear that drobbins! I'm sure we've still...

    Glad to hear that drobbins! I'm sure we've still got some cold weather in store for this winter but as long as it isn't too late in the season we should be in good shape.
  11. Thread: Maples in bloom

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    No blooms here yet. Temps next Thursday supposed...

    No blooms here yet. Temps next Thursday supposed to get down in the teens! The year before last a late freeze came through here and pretty much wiped out the tulip poplar crop.
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    Anything in the mint family, plus lavenders and...

    Anything in the mint family, plus lavenders and rosemary.
    As far as the watering help, several years ago I bought a small container of crystals you mix in with your container soil. They...
  13. Thread: Color Of Bee Boxes

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    I use light colors (white,yellow,etc) due to HOT...

    I use light colors (white,yellow,etc) due to HOT summers we get to enjoy!!
  14. Thread: Warm weather?

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    I was sitting out yesterday watching my bees and...

    I was sitting out yesterday watching my bees and noticed alot of bright yellow pollen coming in. Maybe they've found some camelia bushes. I don't know of anything else that would be blooming right...
  15. Ordered several queens from Wilbanks in June,...

    Ordered several queens from Wilbanks in June, excellent service!
    I've ordered packages ,through my bee club, from Gardners over the past 3 years and never had a problem.
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    Amazon.com is selling the new ABC & XYZ of...

    Amazon.com is selling the new ABC & XYZ of Beeculture for $37.95 plus free shipping. I paid $59.95 for mine several months ago. Plus it's a very good referance book.


    Patrick
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    The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture on SALE

    Amazon.com has the new ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture on sale for $37.77 plus free shipping. I paid $59.99 several months ago.


    Patrick
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    Thanks for all the info!!

    Thanks for all the info!!
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    Birdsfoot Trefoil question

    Does anyone have any experience with these plants? I'd like to know if they do well in the South, how much sun exposure they need, etc.
    Thanks,
    Patrick
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    Plus they are Bambi resistant!!!

    Plus they are Bambi resistant!!!
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    Butterfly bush, Agastache, Mountain Mint. ...

    Butterfly bush, Agastache, Mountain Mint.


    Patrick
  22. Thread: Apiguard questions

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    I agree with dcross, you need some space to allow...

    I agree with dcross, you need some space to allow for evaporation. Also if you have screened bottom boards you need to close them off.

    Patrick
  23. Thread: 2 super questions

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    I add supers on top of full ones and I know...

    I add supers on top of full ones and I know people who bottom super. Both work. It does help to move a full frame up into the new super after you put it on top. The bees seem to move into it a little...
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    What has the temp been lately? They could just be...

    What has the temp been lately? They could just be bearding. That's when they gather on the outside of the hive to try and cool off.


    Patrick
  25. Thread: Vinegar in syrup.

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    I use wintergreen in my syrup all the time. Read...

    I use wintergreen in my syrup all the time. Read that it's toxic to mites. Can't confirm that though. I usually put about 15-20 drops per gallon. Just make sure you use some lecithin granules to get...
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