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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    Yes, many of them are. And did I mention, I don't have to mow the lawn anymore :D
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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    Yep, there is a ton up here. One guy the next county over specializes in it. Yeah, I heard something about that but have no idea what the controversy is.
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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    Well the yard is 1/2 weeds already. We'll just have taller weeds instead of nice trimmed weeds.
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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    I ask because there is a county park, which is basically a defunct golf course of about 80-100 acres that was left to literally go to seed, called Vetonica Valley that all the locals and tourist both...
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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    So if I put my hive next to alfalfa fields they won't necessarily make "alfalfa honey"? How then do you know what "type" of honey the are producing? Do they bring nectar AND pollen from the same...
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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    [/QUOTE]I read that bees are genetically and behavoirlly set to forage 1-2 miles away[/QUOTE]
    Really? I haven't done ANY research on this side of things other than to find primary forage sources for...
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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    :D

    Yeah, we are only on about 1.5 acres so I didn't think it would make much of a dent overall but I think you missed my point. My WIFE said I don't have to MOW the lawn anymore :) I am going to...
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    Re: WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    Well, I live in a rather rural area (unincorporated village) and around here we usually temper beuraucratic overvelousness by exercising our 2nd amendment rights!
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    WHOOO HOOOO No more mowing!!!

    The wife has agreed to let the front yard go au natural for bee forage. I live in zone 6 (northern MI) so if you have any suggestion for planting let's hear them. I'm already planning on:...
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    Re: Preferred nectar sources

    What about lilacs?
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    Preferred nectar sources

    I'm in zone 6a (northern MI) and was wondering which plants to watch for blooming times. For instance, do they like Queen Anne's lace? It it really coming on strong. I know goldenrod is an important...
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    Full suit or jacket.

    Who uses full suits? Who uses jackets? Who uses both? I'm starting next spring and have limited funds (money saved here can buy more bees) so I was thinking of just getting a good jacket and wearing...
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    Intentional swarms

    Does anyone in rural areas with a lot of hives ever intentionally let one of their strong resistant colonies swarm in hopes that they will set up as feral bees?
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    Re: Nitril gloves

    What thickness do you use?
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    Nitril gloves

    Anyone try nitril gloves instead of the old beek gloves? What thickness is necessary for the bees not to get through? 14mil?
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    To screen or not to screen...

    A lot of what I've read says a SBB is necessary for Varroa control. Some of what I've read has said that this is not necessarily the case. Without opening too big of a can of worms here, what are...
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    Re: Water: how far is too far?

    Well, ya can't swing a dead cat without hitting a lake around here so I figured watering might be extra work. If they start to be a bother I'll start watering.
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    Re: Need a SBB?

    I actually got the idea after looking at your BB Micheal. By making a box with a short front I can slide a screen, feeder (like yours), and solid bottom into the slot, making it a triple BB. ****,...
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    Re: Narrow frame & extra space

    Just wanted to be prepared with a follower if they were gonna burr things up. Thanks.
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    Weighing hives

    Can't I just use a regular scale (albeit one that can take the weight) and tip the hive and slip it under to get a weight? I realize this will not be the true weight of the hive but I would think it...
  21. Multiple colonies & escape boards

    Can you stack supers from different hives together and then use an escape board? Wondering about defensiveness of the bees left in supers. Would they become confused because of different hive odors?...
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    Water: how far is too far?

    I live less than 1/4 mile from a lake, is that too far for a water source or do I have to mess with water in the apiary?
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    Narrow frame & extra space

    I want to use 1 1/4" frames in my 8 frame supers. So, what do I do with the extra inch left over after putting in 9 frames?
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    Re: Need a SBB?

    Ok let's go the other way. If I have to build BBs and I'm using a top entrance can I dado the sides to make a drawer slot that I can slide either a 1/4" piece of hardboard with a cut out and #8...
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    Re: Need a SBB?

    Sounds like a good idea. I have always got plenty of scrap stock that would work.
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