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    I'm a leetle nobody in Santa Cruz. I have had...

    I'm a leetle nobody in Santa Cruz. I have had bees for 5 years in my backyard, all bought as packages year one. First year lost all but 1 hive of 3 through winter, 2nd year - 4 more packages and a...
  2. Is it too late in the season to feed in...

    Is it too late in the season to feed in foundationless frames in brood nest for them to draw, cause I want honey to build up for winter?
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    Michael, Do you treat regularly for varroa on...

    Michael,

    Do you treat regularly for varroa on your regressed or feral bees, or has small cell continued to be enuf and the stock is geneticall strong and does not succomb to varroa? Or do you spot...
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    A new beekeeper invited me over to see his hives...

    A new beekeeper invited me over to see his hives and new apiary. I had a blast introducing him to the concept of "organic" and "biological" beekeeping. I'm still amazed at how many of us start off...
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    That's an awesome station. How far is it from the...

    That's an awesome station. How far is it from the hives and how many hives are there? Palika
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    Thankyou, if it acts like honey, tastes like...

    Thankyou, if it acts like honey, tastes like honey, and like someone else's honey, its probably honey! I can do that. Blessings, p.
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    I'm so excited, started my "bee" pond today....

    I'm so excited, started my "bee" pond today. Using a 1/2 wine barrel with a liner, already got some water plants and buying more online. Will add some water snails and a few goldfish and maybe a very...
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    What's the connection between top supering and...

    What's the connection between top supering and entrance location? I have like another hobbyist wrote, lifted a heavy super to put another super on under it, cause I was taught early on that if I...
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    I fell off a horse 2.5 years ago and permanently...

    I fell off a horse 2.5 years ago and permanently handicapped by back. Finally this year - its amazing how long it took - like 5 - someone I found out about 8 frame hives. Woo hoo, I can't believe...
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    I'd like to hear more about uncapped honey. I...

    I'd like to hear more about uncapped honey. I just posted on another site about a super that filled in the early spring flow but was never fully capped, also about 25%. I'm still a novice and not...
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    Do I pick up on any wry humor about the Italian...

    Do I pick up on any wry humor about the Italian characteristic?

    It's interesting, because I noticed but didn't trust my observations that they were definitely a bit hot - again in fairness their...
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    Sounds impressive and someone is missing them I'm...

    Sounds impressive and someone is missing them I'm sure. Okay, anything I should know about them, like what is supposed to be their good and bad characteristics? Are they a bit hot at all? Will this...
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    Yesterday by the kindness of the master stinging...

    Yesterday by the kindness of the master stinging insect remover here in Santa Cruz, I got a new swarm. They had nested in 1 metal barrel of an abandoned collection behind a county park's site's tool...
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    I'm really interested in the pond idea. What is...

    I'm really interested in the pond idea. What is the smallest possible container? How about a 1/2 wood barrel. I would love to get a claw foot tub, but being Santa Cruz it is ridiculously priced.
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    Michael/others do you have experience of this,...

    Michael/others do you have experience of this, that closer distance in between frames encourages small cell? I find this really interesting. Palika
  16. Lavenders, thymes, oreganos, hyssops and if...

    Lavenders, thymes, oreganos, hyssops and if you've got the right climate they go nuts over Salvia clevelandii as do I, the scent of it is just ravishing.
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    Thanks for the inspiration, I'm working on it!...

    Thanks for the inspiration, I'm working on it! You must feel deeply satisfied! Blessings, Palika
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    Thanks for all the great ideas. I love claw foot...

    Thanks for all the great ideas. I love claw foot tubs outside - mostly so I could take a bath in it, but a self feeding spring - that's awesome and very chic for the bees! I also like sticks in a...
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    Michael, are you pressing your own starter strip...

    Michael, are you pressing your own starter strip or just culling that from drawn comb you already have? So do you do a saw cut into the triangular shaped top bar for the starter strip?

    And if you...
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    Just wondering how folks do or do nothing with...

    Just wondering how folks do or do nothing with respect to water for your hives. Sometimes it gets pretty hot out here in my south facing backyard in Santa Cruz. I know there are stream sources within...
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    I've always wanted to build and arbor that arches...

    I've always wanted to build and arbor that arches in our backyard to extend over 5 hives or so. I was always worried that if I planted something the bees loved over it, there would be so many working...
  22. I want to visit someone who's been doing TBH for...

    I want to visit someone who's been doing TBH for at least a couple of years in the SF Bay area or near Monterey. I'm in Santa Cruz, but would even come up to Sonoma and Mendo county. Anyone here??
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  23. I have a small electic centrifugal spinner, that...

    I have a small electic centrifugal spinner, that holds 9 standard Lang frames. Its easy with the lang frames of course because the comb is consistent, you easily decap and then spin, and I had...
  24. Thanks to Scott and Michael for your wealth of...

    Thanks to Scott and Michael for your wealth of info on this forum, the bee wiki, and to all the others, I've had a total crash course these past two days reading all the posts in TBH and small cell...
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    Michael, what do you mean 3 box long Langstroth...

    Michael, what do you mean 3 box long Langstroth medium long hives?
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