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    Re: Volume Of Honey Harvest 2019

    Totally different geography up here, asters and goldenrod are finishing, last of the clovers are finishing. Bees still have a bit of nectar and pollen coming in but not enough. Will start with syrup...
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    Re: Why would bees be doing this? See picture

    Well, bees do interesting things up on Copperhead Road! :)
    Mine are bearding a bit here too, but I messed with them a little too harshly today, maybe. Last full inspection of the year. Queens have...
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    Re: What are they doing???

    Check for aphids or other tiny insects. Looks like ‘galls’ on the leaves in the photos. Usually those are where tiny insects are incubating. Possibly some honeydew being produced which would attract...
  4. Re: Bee questions (Deadheading and Lbs of sugar per hive a year)

    Geography is sure an interesting part of Beekeeping. My honeys are still bringing in nectar. Weíre having a cool moist summer and the sweet clover is still blooming like crazy.
    Last year I didnít...
  5. Thread: Alberta

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    Re: Alberta

    Fireweed blooming, Chaemenerion angustifolium, syn. Epilobium angustifolium, 10 days
    White sweet clover blooming, Melilotus alba, about 3 weeks
    Birds Foot Trefoil blooming, Lotus corniculata,...
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    Re: Honey Super and Dearth

    Ryan, I have trouble spewling and sped reddin too! ����
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    Re: After Extracting, what to do with the frames?

    At end of July I extract and just put the frames into the supers and put each super in an HD plastic bag. Store for 9 months in the shop.
    No moth issues, no issues at all.
    Next season the stickies...
  8. Thread: Alberta

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    Re: Alberta

    Yellow Sweet Clover, Melilotus officinalis, blooming. Huzzah!
    Brian
  9. Thread: Alberta

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    Re: Alberta

    Wild rose, Rosa acicularis, blooming.
    Alsike clover, Trifolium hybridum, blooming
    Twining honeysuckle, Lonicera dioica blooming
    Wild raspberries, Rubus idaeus blooming
    Brian
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    Re: Drone vs Worker comb

    Lauri Miller showed her half-frame of foundation in several posts, several years ago. I have used that for 3 years now, greatly successful. Drones when they want or need, honey later.
    Brilliant...
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    Re: Alberta

    False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum canadense, blooming.
    White clover, Trifolium repens, starting to bloom. Huzzah!
    Brian
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    Re: Alberta

    Red Osier Dogwood, Cornus stolonifera, widespread bloom
    Dwarf Dogwood, Bunchberry, Cornus canadensis, blooming
    Fairy bells, Prosartes trachycarpa, blooming
    Early blue violets, Viola adunca,...
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    Forest Fire Smoke

    We are choking on smoke from forest fires up north in Alberta.
    A question for the folks that weathered similar situations last year - any long term (or short term) effects on apiaries from just...
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    Re: Alberta

    Wolf willow first bloom, Eleagnus commutatum.
    High bush cranberry first bloom, Viburnum trilobum.
    Brian, choking on forest fire smoke.
    53 N, 115 W, El.850M
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    Re: Alberta

    Wild Strawberries blooming, Fragaria vesca.
    Lilacs blooming, Syringa vulgaris.
    Brian
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    Re: Alberta

    Twin berry, bracted honeysuckle blooming, Lonicera involucrata.
    Burr Oaks blooming, Quercus macrocarpa.
    Star-flowered Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum stellatum blooming
    Brian
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    Re: Alberta

    Blue Virginís Bower, Wild Clematis blooming in bush, Clematis occidentalis.
    Low Bush Cranberry blooming, Viburnum edule.
    First bloom on the Hawthorns, Crataegus chrysocarpa. Every pollinator in...
  18. Thread: Alberta

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    Re: Alberta

    Bluebells blooming area wide, Mertensia paniculata.
    Currants and gooseberries, wild and cultivated, blooming everywhere, Ribes spp.
    Brian
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    Re: Alberta

    Saskatoons, Serviceberries blooming, Amelanchier alnifolia
    Choke cherries blooming, Prunus virginiana
    Grape hyacinths blooming garden, Muscari spp.
    Pasque flowers blooming in garden, Pulsatilla...
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    Re: Plastic Drone Combs - are they worthwhile?

    Totally agree Crofter! I use Lauri’s method, works great ����
    Brian
  21. Re: Cover crops that are good nectar sources in a Los Angeles Spring?

    You could try a California native, Phacelia campanularia.
    https://calscape.org/Phacelia-minor-()
    https://www.outsidepride.com/seed/flower-seed/california-bluebell-wildflower-seed.html
    I’m going to...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid and honey

    Was the honey capped when you did the OAV? You get OA with every mouthful of spinach. It degrades rapidly in presence of moisture. Do a little research and decide where you would be on the risk...
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    Re: Emerged queen cell and chewed queen cell

    Excellent pic, Shinbone. Thanks for sharing.
    Brian
  24. Thread: Bear got me

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    Re: Bear got me

    Sorry to hear this, J
    My fencer is working so far this year, and we got bears! Lots of bears.
    Power Wizard 6000, fencer in my shop and leads out to a 3 tier fence around the apiary. Moist soil. ...
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    Re: Alberta

    Red maple blooming, Acer rubrum.
    Paper Birch blooming, Betula papyrifera.
    Canadian Buffalo Berry blooming, Shepherdia canadensis.
    Daffodils blooming in the garden.
    Brian
    53N 115W El.850M
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