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  1. #1
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    Default Who is going to try Bumbles next year?

    If I can store enough pollen I am definitely trying to culture some bumbles next year. Is anyone else?

    Keith
    Bee Sting Honey - So Good, It Hurts!

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    Pollen! Thanks for the reminder, I need to get my pollen traps on. Yes I want to give it a try next year. Just a few hives.

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    Where can I find info on getting a hive set up and buying the bees?
    Dan Williamson
    B&C Honey Farm http://www.flickr.com/photos/9848229@N05/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Williamson View Post
    Where can I find info on getting a hive set up and buying the bees?
    http://befriendingbumblebees.com/

    I have it, it is an easy read, clear and concise.

    Keith
    Bee Sting Honey - So Good, It Hurts!

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    Seems all I have to do is leave some fiberglass insulation lay on the floor of my garage. Also had a colony in a winterkilled nuc this year until the ants overran it.

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    >>>If I can store enough pollen I am definitely trying to culture some bumbles next year<<<
    So....am I to take it that they aren't self sufficient?
    Sheri

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    Default Bummble bees?

    I don't need anything else to compete with my bees for nectar sources.

    I've already got some really great hummingbird recipes - Honey Barbaque - Yum!!

    -Jeff
    There is always more than one way to skin a cat, that's of course if you're into eating cats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW IN Beekeeper View Post
    I don't need anything else to compete with my bees for nectar sources.
    The competition from a few dozen to hundred bumbles wouldn't be a blip on your honeybees radar.

    I've already got some really great hummingbird recipes - Honey Barbaque - Yum!!
    Mmmmmmm, sounds like something that would be served at some swanky New=York eatery, and served on a huge expansive plate.

    Keith
    Bee Sting Honey - So Good, It Hurts!

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    I wouldn't try to *keep* bumblebees, but I can recommend a great flower that they will visit readily and often for pollen. I planted an old variety of morning glory this year known as Grandpa Ott. Every morning, they are all over it.

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    Question Too many bumbles?

    The bee balm and veronica that are normally covered with honeybees at this time of year have only bumble bee visitors--and lots of them. Do bumbles compete with honeybees?

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    There are lots of nectar sources around me that are only visited by the bumbles. For example, the red clover and the teaseall.

    I accidentally found a bumble bee nest tonight, I was checking the white sweet clover bloom and heard a real roar. I had stepped on the nest and about 10 bumbles came out to check things out.

    I didn't explore it further cause I didn't have my suit on. But I wonder if it would be worthwhile to hive them and try to rent them out to some of the greenhouses around here?

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