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    Re: Russian sage is impresive

    Yes, Russian sage can tolerate a drought somewhat. But in a rich and fertile soil they will grow
    bigger with better blooms. Like the Goldenrod if there is no water for the blossoms then the bees...
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    Re: my hive inspection apprehensions

    When a colony is booming with bees flowing everywhere they will take care of the various pests. It is when they are
    dwindling that you have to concern about.
    To eliminate the brace comb the trick...
  3. Re: Do I have enough bees to overwinter or should I shake em?

    Why would you want to restart over again at every Spring if
    you can overwinter them? I would try to find the queen to see if they are queen right. Then order another queen
    for them if there isn't...
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    Re: Is it really worth it

    So is the crocus better than the snow drops that you plant them more?
    Is it the beauty of the crocus or a better source of pollen that the bees prefer over
    the snow drops? Or this is just a...
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    Re: My head is spinning

    I agree. The fact that these frames and hive body are still being use mean that they
    have their purpose in today's apiary. It is a matter of how you intend to use them thru
    out the season. Try...
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    Re: Reducing supers going into winter

    When I decide to combine or reducing the number of hives, I think about the
    population density of the bees. In cold winter months the older bees will die away while
    the remaining young bees will...
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    Re: Which bees in central OH

    I always think it is the location that will make it or break it. Then select the type of bees you
    put in there. When you have a good environment then your bees will thrive.
    So consider your local...
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    Re: Is it really worth it

    Imagine 2 big bee bee trees feeding your hive in the summer dearth every year in your own backyard. From the seeds you can expand
    the trees too to neighboring property. I'm sure your bees will...
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    Re: The trouble with Russians

    Why would one like to keep the aggressive and swarmy bees?
    They are surely trouble, alright.
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    Re: Is it really worth it

    It is now mid-October for our early Fall.
    Pollen and nectar still coming in from the Borage, Loquat, Goldenrod and whatever is out there.
    These are the late summer planting.
    Anything to help...
  11. Thread: seed exchange

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    Re: seed exchange

    Have: Spring: Collards, Giant mustard, white peach
    All except winter: Canola, pumpkin (for delicious pies), Nygers, Buckwheat, Borage,
    Summer: African daisy, Teddy Bear sunflowers, black oil...
  12. Thread: Top insulation?

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    Re: Top insulation?

    Thanks, Vance. Now I know the reason behind my wintering success.
    Every winter I put a small electric heat pad on top of the beehive cover and cover the hive with
    pink foams and clear plastic. ...
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    Re: Back ground noise....

    This forum is so much fun and entertaining to see anybody gone. Hope that
    individual is alright. Beekeeping can be a bit dangerous out there, you know.
    Wishing a good fortune to whomever that is.
  14. Re: The gentle honeybee population is nearing the endangered list. The honeybee's

    I want to and need to be more educated about the honey bees.
    They are not going away because many new and seasoned beekeepers are taking good
    care of them. When I ordered my queen bees this year...
  15. Re: Pollen Supplement Dried Poweder Eggs Versus Raw Egg

    I got the dry egg yolks but no recipes to go with them. The eggs are on sale
    here so I bought a bunch of them to dry the yolks out. Need to fatten up the bees
    before the cold winter arrives here....
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    Re: Long term pollination for remote areas

    Interesting law there. Thanks for sharing here.
    I would suggest to put only the survivor bees that are mite resistant there.
    Make sure there is enough bee forage for them for the 6 months that...
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    Re: Business decision

    Ben, on overwintering, do you put the sugar bricks on top to keep the moisture off and provide some
    sugar feed to your bees too? Lauri put sugar bricks to overwinter her hives too. I
    have learned...
  18. Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    Laura, I would like to say you are quite a persistent woman. I
    too lost my 1st 2 hives on my first year. After that everything is
    growing for me knowing how to manage them more. I'm still making...
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    Re: Business decision

    Ian, this is the answer of the blueberry honey I think. So now Ben can go find the honey berry contract to pollinate too.
    Or maybe he can plant an acre or 2 of them to sell. I'm sure his bees will...
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    Re: Could winter bees already be here?

    Lauri, I think part of your success is a combination of good bee genetics, a proper nutrition, mite management and
    having a plan of what to do for expansion and contraction thru out the 4 seasons. ...
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    Re: My head is spinning

    If you run the plastic frames you need to know if SHB is a concern in your area. Some have complaint
    about beetles hiding inside the crevices of the frame as I have seen too. We don't have that...
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    Re: Business decision

    "I have a poor honey crop this year because I had a lot of swarming and queen problems and as you all know that effects honey crops. So unless I sell most of my increase after blueberry pollination...
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    Re: My head is spinning

    I am happy with my deep frames both foundation and foundation less mixed in as my hives are pretty much stationary now.
    If you don't have to move your hives that often then consider the deep boxes...
  24. Re: Raisin sugar for feeding bees? Whats your thought about it?

    I will not feed anything to my 200 hives if I were you. You don't know the reliability and purity of this sugar source.
    On a small scale, you can try a bucket or 2 on your experimental hives to...
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    Re: Bees bringing in kill

    Bees only bring in nectar and pollen the way I have seen them.
    Small insects are for the wasps, hornets and other predatory bees. But my honey
    knowledge is way limited to say much about their...
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