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    Re: Bradsbees in Southern IN.

    Welcome Brad , I am a little more than an hour north of you and Hoosier Brad beek also Good luck
  2. Any input on Kelley 2014 package Russian queens

    How did last yrs Russian package queens fare in the Midwest ? Are there improvements in the Russian stock from the breeders where Kellys' buys as compared to 5 or 6 yrs ago ?

    Thank You
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    I build everything else except the hive bodies/frames. I just wait till some company has free shipping and order ahead
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    Re: Who makes the best vented bee jacket

    My Better bee jacket/veil combo has been good for me for 8 seasons. I have never been stung thru it ,generous sizing also . I would buy another
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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    Plastic with wood for me -
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    Alternative hive body coatings

    Has anyone tried using white Flex Seal spray or any other alternative coating other than usual paint, stain or hot- dipping ?
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    Re: Best Aster variety for the Midwest

    Thanks for the replies

    Before I started researching asters I thought all varieties were perennials. I was wrong many are annuals.
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    Best Aster variety for the Midwest

    I am looking for a good variety for a bee friendly flower garden I am building , any varieties to stay away from or that are recommended ?



    Thanks

    Brad
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    Re: Preferred nectar sources

    I germinated a whole pack of joe pye seeds got one plant. Failed to read the pack; it benefits from cold stratification lesson learned
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    Re: Any input on caring for Bee Tree seedlings

    The 2 seedlings have doubled in size and are doing well . I will transplant them in late august to their permanent spot. Seems the seedlings were root bound and needed more sunlight
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    Re: Any input on caring for Bee Tree seedlings

    Well not much to lose. I will just transplant them in larger pots and hit them with Alaska fish fert ; they are getting solid amounts of rain, and if not good well water

    Thanks for the replies
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    Re: Any input on caring for Bee Tree seedlings

    Well I set my containers out in the garden with 12 plus hours and sun, and well nothing, have not grown 1/2 in 2 weeks
  13. Re: Warm Season Plantings to Offset Summer Dirth

    I second the buckwheat. In my experience ; it will germinate with only 2x rains of 1/4 inch, and it needs very little rain after that. The bees will work it when it is humid and early in the morning...
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    Re: Any input on caring for Bee Tree seedlings

    Thanks for the replies ,they are only about about 3 inches tall , I will transplant then and see how it goes
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    Re: Any input on caring for Bee Tree seedlings

    Both seedlings are still going. One has 1 set of true leaves the other 2 sets, nice deep green color, but man are they growing slow .
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    Any input on caring for Bee Tree seedlings

    I bought some seeds and germinated them after a cold period in the fridge. I got 3 seeds to pop and 1 has already died . I have 2 left that just have cotyledon leaves. I have them on the porch in...
  17. Re: Any ideas for bee friendly hedge plantings in the midwest ?

    Thanks for the input
  18. Any ideas for bee friendly hedge plantings in the midwest ?

    After surfing the web I havent really come up with any ideas except

    Common privet
    Rugosa Rose


    I bought some Bee tree seeds off ebay , put them in the fridge for 90days and so far after...
  19. Thread: Black Locust!

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    Re: Black Locust!

    Black locust is a good honey when it comes here; this yr we will miss it with what looks like is a early dry period. I would plant late summer forage , not spring/early summer producers
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    Re: Hello from Indiana

    Welcome Josh- I am 30 miles west of Bloomington off hwy 46 - good luck with your bees and chickens
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    Re: Weak hive late season

    Good luck on that , my weak hive that I thought was turned ,around got robbed out and absconded . First time for that , now going into the first fall in 7 yrs with no honeybees
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    Re: Central Indiana GoldenrodBlooming

    Some early golden rod has been in bloom here for 2 weeks - but so dry. Someones bees are in my yard still trying to work what is left of the white dutch clover. Several species of trees here are...
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    Re: Should I try and plant Bee tree seeds now

    I saved 16 of the seeds for next spring- guess I will give it a go and see if it works

    Thanks for the replies and links
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    Should I try and plant Bee tree seeds now

    I have had 8 evodia seeds in the refrigerator for 35 days now. I have about 70 days average, to first frost here. Should I try and give them a go and plant them now or just wait till next spring ?
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    Re: Absolute minimum size for a hive entrance?

    Hmm depends on the size of the bees, and if drones are needed for breeding . I have that size entrance on a hive till it gets to full 7 frames of bees in a deep- makes for a busy entrance . I would...
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