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  1. Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    They sure do. I don't know if I'd want them in a small yard, but I wish I had more of them in my shelter belts.
  2. Re: The flower I recommend for you. Rich Pollen/Nectar source

    The soil needs to warm up a bit before they will germinate. Once they do, they seem to bloom in about 6 weeks and continue for a couple of weeks. If you have a few spots that you want to plant, you...
  3. Re: The flower I recommend for you. Rich Pollen/Nectar source

    There are lots of low maintenance perennials that are great for bees. I try to provide what they're lacking. Are there times throughout the season where there is little nectar and/or pollen...
  4. Re: The flower I recommend for you. Rich Pollen/Nectar source

    I've never soaked phacelia seed (or done any other prep) before planting and always had good germination success.
  5. Re: Rich flower for Pollen/Nectar for almost anywhere

    I plant Borage here and there - my bees tend to favor the blue to the white. However, being a government program, 75% of the mix has to be on their "program approved list". The 25% I have to work...
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    Totally agree! The acres surrounding my house become a sea of yellow for a week or two each May. It's beautiful. When my daughter was young, she loved when they went to seed and would run through...
  7. Re: Rich flower for Pollen/Nectar for almost anywhere

    Here is a listing of all the species being planted. Some switchgrass seed is being added as filler but in a low enough concentration that it shouldn't out-compete the flowering plants:

    Sainfoin ...
  8. Re: Rich flower for Pollen/Nectar for almost anywhere

    I love Lacy Phacelia. I've planted in small plots and the bees worked it continuously while it was blooming. An easy/carefree annual that can reseed itself.

    I have 4 acres enrolled in a 3 year...
  9. Re: new book "Garden Plants for honey bees" is great

    You haven't seen the dandelions in my yard! :D
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    +1
    I build pretty much everything but frames. The only part of the process I don't like is painting. But I'd be doing that, regardless.
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    Re: Recommendations for bee plants in NC

    I've grown both white and blue borage. The blue bloomed a little ahead of the white and my bees seemed to much prefer the blue. However, that could be a matter of something else blooming once the...
  12. Re: new book "Garden Plants for honey bees" is great

    I ordered a copy as a gift for my mother who loves to garden and enjoys having one of my hives on her property. I enjoy her daily updates on the bees activity. :)

    I looked it over briefly before...
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    Re: Baggie Feeders

    I don't think this was specifically answered and was a question I had the first time I heard the term. It's a spacer that is the same dimensions as the hive boxes you are using with a height of...
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    Re: Learned a few things really fast

    I consider anything under $0.40/lb a decent deal. Just bought 25 lb bags of cane sugar at Costco for $8.75 yesterday. Cheapest I've seen around here in a while.
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    Re: First package install - Failure?

    Agreed. I wanted to be as gentle as possible with the first packages I installed hoping to not upset the bees. After doing a few packages, you start to realize that the faster you get them in the...
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    Re: may be dumb? what do bees eat in summer?

    You know, I hadn't really thought about it before. So this may help answer a question I was thinking about earlier this summer: Do foraging bees return to the hive without a full payload? They will...
  17. Re: Starting a new hive with foundation-less frames

    Thanks Michael - that's the "started edge" I was referring to. However, my diagonal comb was drawn across three frames with popsicle sticks in the top groove so it may still require some close...
  18. Re: Starting a new hive with foundation-less frames

    I primarily use foundationless frames, but when I started my first hive i used a box with foundation. It got me some comb and I've pretty much gone foundationless ever since. With no existing comb...
  19. Re: 2 packages installed - 1 queen left. What to do?

    Thanks all for the responses. After posting, I was able to find an available queen and went ahead and ordered her. She arrives today and I was planning on putting her cage in the hive with the cork...
  20. 2 packages installed - 1 queen left. What to do?

    I lost both of my hives this winter and ordered two new packages. I installed them this past weekend, but managed to allow one of the queens to escape during the install of one of the packages. I'm...
  21. Re: Thinking about keeping bees...looking for advice.

    I started with 2 3# packages that cost $90 each. If you need them shipped, add another $75-$90. So that's another almost $300 just for the bees. When you figure in the cost of equipment, you should...
  22. Re: Great 1st season what should I plan on for next spring?

    Because they are a natural product of a healthy hive. If they overwinter well, they will start to create drones in the spring even if you try and limit their number through manual intervention. ...
  23. Re: Great 1st season what should I plan on for next spring?

    Expect the unexepcted! :D
    Agree with JRG13 and Acebird - If all goes well over the winter, I'd say you'll be in a good position to double down with a split of each hive in the spring. Just don't...
  24. Re: Merged nuc with queenless hive... is it OK now?

    I wish I had an answer for you. I did something similar a few weeks ago only to have the combined hive blown over during the 35 degree night in 50 MPH winds. Needless to say, my findings were...
  25. Anyone growing BeeBee trees (Tedradium Daniellii) in the north?

    I'm wanting to grow something that provides a late summer/early fall nectar source. I've got some goldenrod in my field/ditches, but all of the fields and ditches around me get sprayed enough to...
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