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    Re: Bees favorite plant

    Yes, very much like a cleome, but much larger than any cleome I've seen before. Thanks for the info.
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    Re: Bees favorite plant

    Last year I planted a variety of wildflowers for the bees, but the one that caught their attraction the most was the Rocky Mountain Bee Plant...I had never heard of it before, but it grew to about 6...
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    Re: Russian Olive Trees

    Russian Olives are an invasive species here in the southwest. They use excessive amounts of water and kill out native species in the riverbeds around. I know water isn't much of an issue in much of...
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    Re: New guy, sayin hello

    Welcome, Robin! Plenty of great information to soak up here. Let us know about your experiences, as well. We're all here to learn.
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    Re: Top Bars "Pros and Cons" Presentation

    I've had a couple for 3-years, one that I started this year and split about a month ago, but I also took an April through Sept class at a local place called Ecoversity my first year where they keep...
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    Re: Top Bars "Pros and Cons" Presentation

    Never needed to super a top bar hive and never had a swarm. If the TBH gets too full, then it is time to take honey and/or make a split. No problem, no swarm, and no supers.
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    Re: Top Bars "Pros and Cons" Presentation

    "Being an operator of a farm and an apiary, I can say quite confidently, I use systemics and my bees dont die."

    There are sub-lethal effects. If you're reading the literature, you know this. Just...
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    Re: Top Bars "Pros and Cons" Presentation

    Just the one complaining about how tiresome it is to have anyone disagree with his all-knowing self.
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    Re: Top Bars "Pros and Cons" Presentation

    Yes, has nothing to do with bullying people into thinking that your way is the only way and that trying new things is a waste of time, huh? Makes total sense!
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    Re: Top Bars "Pros and Cons" Presentation

    Wow. this must be so exhausting for you...poor thing. Wander back to where you came from, then. No one asked you to come over and bash TBHs. Ignorance is bliss!!
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    Re: Top Bars "Pros and Cons" Presentation

    The studies show that the majority of chemicals in the comb are from treatment, not incoming nectar. If you want to ignore that, that's cool, too.
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    Re: Top Bars "Pros and Cons" Presentation

    Many people who bash pesticides and commercial ag practices grow as much of their own food as possible and support local CSAs, cooperatives, farmers' markets, etc, and don't have a problem paying...
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    Re: Top Bars "Pros and Cons" Presentation

    Thank you, SRBrooks. I just get a little riled when people try to bully others into "my way is the only way" and "because that's the way we've always done it" without any real concern for others,...
  14. Re: New Bee keeper, no "mentor", I have questions!

    I'm with Acebird on this one. If I get stung on the hand, the sting is a non-issue in the immediate time-frame, but the next day it is swollen and itchy and very frustrating, but never has it been a...
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    Re: bees wax ?

    If you search "bee blog" in google, the first entry is usually "Linda's Bees" or something like that. Her blog is a wealth of information and she has many posts on the trials and tribulations of...
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    Re: Top Bars "Pros and Cons" Presentation

    Some of us subscribe to the old motto, "First, do no harm." We want to raise bees, as well as grow our own foods, etc, that aren't completely laced with and/or dependent on chemicals. The dependence...
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    Re: Beeweaver queens

    I purchased 3 beeweaver packages this spring, two queens were good, one went missing a couple of weeks after install. The two who made it have been great. I even split one of the hives about a month...
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    Re: Smoker Fuel: cotton

    From what I've read just doing quick research awhile back, it is really only a problem when you use white carboard that has been bleached or cardboard with inks (printed logos and such) on them. I...
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    Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

    Finally got a pic of my small yard.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/RQWtlZklyf3k8jnbSYZeTcGCxa1a4qI2Z4sJzxpK2WM?feat=directlink
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    Re: Top Bar - Woods Hole, Cape Cod

    Welcome, dvd! I started with TBHs a couple of years ago while taking a local course. I got the basics from the course, but I've definitely gotten more detailed technical information from this site,...
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    Re: Stupid Question???

    If you put some comb on several of the bars to get them started, you won't have to deal with much cross-combing, as well. Saves a lot of time. I wish I had had some comb to use my first year, as I...
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    Re: Stupid Question???

    One way that I have gotten the bees to start drawing comb on empty top bars is to take pieces of burr comb or doubled comb from another bar or frame and melt it onto the empty bar to get them...
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    Re: New Prospective Beek

    Welcome bakpakr, and good luck!

    I like your determination...it is key to being a successful and long-term beekeeper. Keep it up!
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    Re: How quickly are bars built by the girls

    Depending on your local circumstances, expectations of a honey harvest in the first year may be a reach. At least here in NM, it is rare that there will be enough stores in the first year to harvest...
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    Re: Bars Collapsed in Record Heat

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/KuwET0nZQ6Yy8NOR6jbzucEDih6R5tI010Zl5BBwFYU?feat=directlink

    Picture of one of my TBHs. I put a white board over the top bars, then set the roof on that....
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