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  1. Re: Cover crops that are good nectar sources in a Los Angeles Spring?

    I'd guess March, but you'd have to experiment and find out. Mine is currently getting ready to bloom, it's maybe a week out. I've had it bloom a little earlier in years that were warmer/sunnier. ...
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    Re: Guerilla bee gardening

    In an ideal world, sure. But in reality neighborhood pathways overgrown with weeds will have to be addressed by the city government sometime after the housing crisis/homelessness crisis, the...
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    Re: Guerilla bee gardening

    I've always thought that along roadsides/highways were a great place for communities to start reclaiming large swaths of land for a public good. I wonder if we could convince whoever's in charge of...
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    Re: Guerilla bee gardening

    Thanks Sarah, for a reasonable reply to my thread. :) I'll look into these seed bombs!
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    Re: Guerilla bee gardening

    Given that urban environments are DENSE, everything planted anywhere can spread. It's the nature of cities. The ugly, useless, invasive weeds currently overgrowing said areas certainly can.

    Man...
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    Re: Guerilla bee gardening

    As a tax payer I actually own it just as much as everyone else. Seeing these hysterical replies to what boils down to a neighborhood improvement idea makes me glad I live in a city where most people...
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    Re: Guerilla bee gardening

    What part of overgrown, weedy public spaces makes you think I'm suggesting going around planting things on other people's property?
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    Re: Guerilla bee gardening

    Not the plant I'm talking about.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borage

    I live in an urban environment. This plant is not invading anyone's alfalfa fields, trust me.

    Honey bees are not native...
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    Guerilla bee gardening

    A few years ago I planted some borage in my garden. The bees loved it. I also noticed that in my area, borage will readily self-seed and spread like a weed. I had borage plants popping up all over...
  10. Thread: Rant!

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    Re: Rant!

    Maybe these things can't be separated so easily. Populations of any organism can be weakened by some things, allowing what would otherwise be a minor pest to kill it. Whole system health is the...
  11. Re: Cover crops that are good nectar sources in a Los Angeles Spring?

    You're thinking of red clover, not crimson clover:
    https://honeybeesuite.com/monday-morning-myth-bees-don’t-like-crimson-clover/
  12. Re: Cover crops that are good nectar sources in a Los Angeles Spring?

    Crimson clover is my go-to. Planted in late fall it will take over and bloom heavy by April here in the PNW (maybe sooner down there). The caveat (and this will apply to just about any cover crop...
  13. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Thank you! Very informative and fun thread. This new beek appreciates the bump!
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    Re: New Warre beekeeper, just wanted to say hi

    Jar double-feeder. My mesh will sit between the top bars of the middle box and the top box, with a hole cut out in the middle to allow them access to the feeder, but not the rest of the top box.
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    Re: New Warre beekeeper, just wanted to say hi

    Met with the county inspector today and he loved my setup, so permit is approved! Now I just gotta wait another 6 weeks until my bees arrive. :waiting:
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    Re: New Warre beekeeper, just wanted to say hi

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    Built a stand, showing my setup with feeder box on the top. Now I need to find a large enough paver to put it on, and some cinder blocks to strap it down in high winds.

    Bees probably not...
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    Re: New Warre beekeeper, just wanted to say hi

    Yeah, I thought about this. I guess I was going to see how things went. The 3rd box I got is a feeder box that I can use to grow the hive should they fill the first 2 boxes this season. I figured I'd...
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    Re: Mosquito Bits (bt) in water source for bees

    Thanks everyone!
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    Mosquito Bits (bt) in water source for bees

    I was wondering if anyone has experience using the product Mosquito Bits (https://www.amazon.com/Mosquito-Dunks-117-6-Bits-30-Ounce/dp/B0001AUF8G) in their water source for their bees. Googling...
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    New Warre beekeeper, just wanted to say hi

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    Got my hive all assembled and ready to go. Cedar Warre hive from Bee Thinking in Portland, OR. I have a 3rd box on back order, and I pre-ordered a package of bees over a month ago, so I'm...
  21. New hive, bees building in wrong direction

    Hi, I'm brand new to this and after installing what was left of a package of bees (more than half were dead on arrival due to shipping confusion), I have what I believe to be a pretty weak hive. ...
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    Re: Brand new with Kenyan top bar hive...

    Yeah I am going to open it up to check on them later today and if she hasn't found her way out I'll try to get her out myself.
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    Brand new with Kenyan top bar hive...

    Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. I make beer and wine and got interested in beekeeping so I can make mead from my own honey. As a gardener and plant enthusiast the health of bee...
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