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  1. #1
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    Dec 2011
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    Gaithersburg, Maryland
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    Default Hello from Maryland!

    Hi Everyone!

    This is my first chat forum I've joined! My husband and I are small time farmers with 9 acres of land in an Agriculture Reserve. Beekeeping has always been a dream of mine and this was the first year I got to do it! While I don't like calling it "keeping," and prefer to call it "charming," I have proved to be not-so-charming to the bee's I had three swarms, a new queen, a failed split, a honey shortage, tropical storm, mites, small hive beetles, wax moths, ants, hive robbery and mold hit my two hives! It was a long first year of learning but my bee's are still thriving! I have always enjoyed learning from forums such as this, and look forward to learning more from fellow "charmers." Please visit my blog to see all the fun we have! http://glorydownsfarm.blogspot.com/

  2. #2
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    Feb 2011
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    Belpre,Ohio, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    Bee charmer, glad to have you on the Forum, welcome. I am hoping your next year of bee charming will be less eventful, all my best to you.....Bill

  3. #3
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    Gaithersburg, Maryland
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    Thanks for the welcome Bill!

  4. #4
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    Frederick, MD
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    We're just down the road in Frederick. Welcome

  5. #5
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    Dec 2011
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    Gaithersburg, Maryland
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    Thanks for the welcome Frederick! How did your bee's do this past September with all the rain? My bee's (even though being fed-) consumed most of their honey! How many hives do you have?

  6. #6
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    Mar 2011
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    Parsonsburg, Maryland, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    Welcome to the forums!
    It sounds like you had an interesting first season
    Im on the lower eastern shore... it was a little crazy here too..
    To much rain in the spring... Then drought.... And now it's Dec and almost 70 degrees..
    It's just a mess lol

  7. #7
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    May 2011
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    woodbine, MD, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    How do from up the road in Woodbine. Glad to hear there's some acreage left in Gaithersburg that isn't a "town house farm".

  8. #8
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    Dec 2011
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    Gaithersburg, Maryland
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    trial by fire right? lol What do the bee's harvest on particularly at the eastern shore? We were just there a couple weeks ago (Cambridge area) and were wondering just that. Love the area~!

  9. #9
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    Gaithersburg, Maryland
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    Haha! We were glad to hear that too We are on Ag reserve so no town house farms popping up anytime soon!

  10. #10
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    Mar 2011
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    Bethesda, MD, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    I am in Bethesda and also welcome you. I had a great first season as a beekeeper and am curious to see how my bees make it through the winter. I have two hives on 1/6 of an acre and had no problems with neighbors etc my first year. I am reasonably confident that one of my hives will survive the winter, but have my doubts about my second. I found the first year experience fascinating and look forward to many years of caring for these wonderful creatures. This forum is a great resource and if you are not already a member, the Montgomery County Beekeeper's Association is also a great group of people who are always responsive to new beekeeper questions.

  11. #11
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    Mar 2011
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    Parsonsburg, Maryland, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    Well I'm surrounded by farm land and woods/swamp....
    It's hard to tell what the source of the honey crop is sometimes.
    Especially in the spring when everything is in bloom...
    And I can't id the plants their foraging by what the pollen looks like..
    In late summer the honey has a floral hint to it so I'm thinking wild flowers...
    I'm working to secure a space for a few hives on a nearby blueberry patch so that should make for some heavy lifting in the spring

  12. #12
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    Nov 2011
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    sabinsville,pa,usa
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    welcome from up north...u picked a very unusal year 2 get into bee charming...charming , i like that....c u in the chat room...take care and good luck..
    Do more for others than they do for you. That way you owe no one anything other than respect.

  13. #13
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    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    Welcome GDF! Sorry for the delayed welcome. i just flew in from teaching queen rearing and general beekeeping in Jamaica.
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  14. #14
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    Mar 2011
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    Parsonsburg, Maryland, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    Thats pretty cool AB!
    I'm planning to give queen breeding a go for the first time this year...
    Should be interesting..

  15. #15
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    Greensboro, North Carolina
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    Welcome to the site!

  16. #16
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    Gloucester, Virginia
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    Welcome, you've come to the right place!

  17. #17
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    Nov 2011
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    Houston, Alabama, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Maryland!

    Another welcome to the forum. I am inpressed that YOU survived your first year as a Beek (Beec) I am even more nervous now. I will be getting my first hives (2) going next spring. I bet you learned a lot this past year

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