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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
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    Dexter, Michigan
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    Default Hello from Michigan :)

    Hi all. Just joined (duh). I'm in Dexter Michigan, just west of Ann Arbor.

    I've tried my hand at gardening in the past, but my yard is 95% treed so there isn't a lot of sunlight that makes it to ground.

    The one patch of sunlight that would work for a garden is in the back yard. Sadly, my dogs (8) would make short work of anything growing. I'd have to fence it and that's unattractive.

    Soooo....I'm going to try my hand at container gardening on my 18x24 raised deck, off the side of the house. Gets sun most of the day, and is safe from most critters.

    All that said, while I was researching container gardens and how to be successful, I came across numerous links to "Mason Bees". I began reading, and after some thought, I've decided to put up some Bee houses and try to get them to pollinate my veggies.

    I'll have some questions as I get closer to putting out the houses, but I'll try to make use of the SEARCH button.

    Some of my hobbies, in case anyone is curious, include:

    Camping - tents/campfires/sleeping under the stars
    Hiking - favorite spot is Lake Placid NY, Adirondack Mountains.
    SCUBA - nuff said
    Dogs - dog shows, agility, dog sledding
    Guns - target shooting and amassing ammo for when the zombies arrive
    Cars - attending car shows and drag racing (1987 Buick Grand National).

    That's me


    Will

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Michiana, Indiana
    Posts
    4

    Default Re: Hello from Michigan :)

    DEXTER. My grand-parents owned the hardware in town from the late 1800's up until WWII. Great town to live in.
    Kept bees south of Chelsea for years when we lived in the Irish Hills. AWESOME area, Dexter, for keeping Bees.
    Let me know if you are in need of Nucs to start you off on the right foot. I sell 'em.
    Bob Baughman Granger-Indiana

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Greensboro, North Carolina
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    Default Re: Hello from Michigan :)

    Welcome to the site!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Farwell, Michigan,USA
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    54

    Default Re: Hello from Michigan :)

    Hello there Im from Michigan as well, a little north of Mt. Pleasant Welcome to the forum

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Lake Geneva, WI, USA
    Posts
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    Default Re: Hello from Michigan :)

    Renthorin...welcome! I have a good, good friend in Michigan who I've known since U.S. Army days who used to live in Canton. He's remarried now and splits his time between Plymouth and Roscommon.

    He doesn't know squat about bees, but he's one heck of a trout fly fisherman. He's also an outdoor writer.

    Also have a tractor buddy who lives in St. Johns.

    Michigan is one of my favorite states.

    David

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Dexter, Michigan
    Posts
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    Default Re: Hello from Michigan :)

    Bob, I love Dexter hardware I try to go there before heading to Lowes or anywhere else. They're one of those old-time stores that has a little of everything.

    Tappert - I do a lot of winter/fall camping in Mio, and sometimes get to Roscommon.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Warren, Mi USA
    Posts
    15

    Default Re: Hello from Michigan :)

    Welcome to this site its has a lot to offer, many good people on here. i also live in michigan (Warren) and keep six hives. you have a lot of good clubs and support in your area and i would think of contacting one and get your self exposed to beekeepers and beekeeping SOUTH EAST MICHIGAN BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION IS ONE AND MICHIGAN BEEKEEPERS IS ANOTHER

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Dexter, Michigan
    Posts
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    Default Re: Hello from Michigan :)

    As far as beekeeping goes, I'm going to try my hand at a few small Mason Bee houses. Not looking to get into the big honey bee stuff

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Michigan :)

    Welcome Will! My Mom has family in Ann Arbor. One uncle has 16 kids. I guess they get snowed in a lot up there.
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Dexter, Michigan
    Posts
    46

    Default Re: Hello from Michigan :)

    We got a bit of snow this year, but still not like in the good old days

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    parker county, tx
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    Default Re: Hello from Michigan :)

    Welcome to Beesource Will, and watch out for the zombies.
    So many weeds.......so little time.

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