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    Re: Potato cultivating....

    The oak leaves are fine, if acidic not much.
    Pine needles could be acidic BUT potatoes like it slightly acidic (pH about 5-6 is fine)
    Not a worry.

    In all, the store potatoes give you russet,...
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    Re: Potato cultivating....

    +100.
    Absolutely.
    When they grow the potatoes in industrial ways, they apply too much fertilizer and too much water (obviously).
    The spuds grow big and taste like crap (no taste to speak of), as a...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Thanks for sharing, GG.
    I need to chew on your observations a bit later.

    Hopefully, this weekend I do my round and see if anything landed in the out yards.

    Meanwhile, I have backyard trapping...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    Here:
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?355765-Potato-cultivating&p=1735293#post1735293
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    Potato cultivating....

    Since I was asked for some tips.

    I have been growing potatoes about 15 years non-stop now (the last run at the potatoes).
    Basically, got tired of store bought "organics" costing $$$.
    Before...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    I just found the latest book by T. Seeley - published 2019 (relevant to the Darwinian Beekeeping - hence posting).
    Apologies if this is a repeat (but the book is really fresh - Publisher: Princeton...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    OK, since I was prompted to self-educate myself a bit more (always a good thing), I found this gem, while ignoring my primary responsibilities for a short bit:



    Authors:
    P. K. Visscher R....
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    Look, I don't mind being corrected as well as I stated multiple times now about how "your mileage may vary".

    The book indeed says:



    On the other hand, the book is free anyway and, OK, I will...
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    Question to squarepeg:

    Wouldn't you agree that the ultimate "set-it-and-forget-it" bees are the feral ones?
    The ones you are so fortunate to have around you?
    As I see it, those forgotten, left...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    If I stand corrected, then so be it.
    I have no time now to cross-check my own sources.

    Either way, people will make decisions for themselves and for their local real estate market.
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    OK, I just posted a link to a place much colder than NY.
    Set it and forget it - the real-life practical channel.
    The dude a bit crazy, but makes it for a good show and he gets his honey (on a good...
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    Here is non-English channel of a guy who does exactly that - Set It and Forget it (in the attic of old homestead).
    They visit it a couple times year (spring/fall).
    Equipment - large horizontal rigs...
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    "Set It and Forget It" for NY should work just as well (granted locally adapted, hardy bee).

    Keep in mind, FL has it worse - there is brood generation around the year pretty much - non-stop....
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    And of course, T. Seeley did his research swarm trapping on an isolated island with the swarms having no other choices but HIS plywood boxes.
    Heck, I would not even spend the time and money on...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    Mulch - the more the merrier.
    Cardboard pinned down with wood chips/garden scraps works great (both moisture retention and weed control).
    I don't ever water my potatoes - kinda how I do things in...
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    Re: Swarm Traps

    Keep in mind, the late swarms typically run young queens - a very good thing.
    If you have a couple of months of a good weather in front of you - you can totally set such swarm for winter.
    Just feed...
  17. Thread: Swarm Traps

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    Re: Swarm Traps

    At least full size deeps.
    50-60 liters is what you want.
    Anything smaller - you are risking a chance of a large swarm not taking your trap.
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    Like I said before - this boils down to the local real estate market.
    Brand new traps for me ended up as depressing waste of time.
    It very well maybe that in my area I got too many empty hives and...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    No doubt.
    One of my survivors this season - mid-July 2018 swarm.
    Weather permitting, we can have a continuous flow here into October.
    The weather is the decider.
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    I actually got stuck a couple of weeks ago on my minivan.
    For shame.

    Fortunately, the farm worker was nearby.
    He came on his 4x4 truck to help and also got stuck.
    Finally, he yanked me and his...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Yep.
    It is never over until it is really over.

    Honestly though, the weather been terrible here - since I last posted on 6/1, there were hardly good swarming days at all here (cold OR rain OR both...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Still 1/7.

    The back porch is under constant scouting, but still no swarms.
    One time the scouting was so intense, I was sure the swarm was coming.
    Suddenly, they dropped off.
    Well, they may have...
  23. Thread: Swarm Traps

    by GregV
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    Re: Swarm Traps

    If you meant to build brand-new traps - I would not put them out.
    I would build them now AND immediately put into rotation for nucs/splits/etc.
    This way you prime your traps for the next season....
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    Well, then - just leave ONE bait frame per the trap - this is sufficient.
    The rest could be blank frames/blank top bars/just some rag laying on some sticks.
    There is no absolutely required way to...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    This is one reason, btw, why I would take a trap down (if still not primed).
    If a trap is not primed (not used previously), that pretty much is a waste of time as for me.
    Never had a swarm landing...
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