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  Topic: Ants better than Chemicals
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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:49 pm   Subject: Ants better than Chemicals
Very interesting. We have a lot of ants in our vegetable garden, poly tunnels and woodland garden. I hadn't really thought about their specific benefits, I just feel that everything has it's place in ...
  Topic: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:16 pm   Subject: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow
We plant lots just for bumblebees too, I have developed an interest in clarifying which plants are preferred by bees / bumble bees and which are equally attractive. It's so interesting how similar you ...
  Topic: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:40 am   Subject: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow
Great shot of the leaf cutter bee Pat!
Have you seen any honey bees on your Echium Pinnata? Here I have only seen the bumblebees on it, not sure if this is just us! I planted a low growing annual Ec ...
  Topic: Advice on mead please
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:13 pm   Subject: Advice on mead please
How soon should it be popping the air lock? Does it need to ferment quickly at first?

I can't remember exactly, The air lock did move within a day and then increased to became a source of family e ...
  Topic: Advice on mead please
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:36 pm   Subject: Advice on mead please
I have only made the one batch, last autumn, so I am only answering with encouragement!

I also had "washings" from crystallized honey in comb with plenty of bee bread/pollen and other na ...
  Topic: Eco-floor - idea and development
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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:52 pm   Subject: Eco-floor - idea and development
I love your hive stand. Lovely hives too.

I have a reply for your last question....

Ages ago I posted photos in the photo section of our deep floor in a topbar hive. I have been meaning to upd ...
  Topic: Bee Inspectors
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:09 am   Subject: Bee Inspectors
We do not have the system of bee inspectors in the republic of Ireland that they have in the UK (and Northern Ireland). We are obliged to cooperate in the case of notifiable diseases.

http://www.a ...
  Topic: Winter and Spring plants for honeybees
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:34 pm   Subject: Winter and Spring plants for honeybees
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  Topic: Living in a bee house
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:42 pm   Subject: Living in a bee house
The bees, my newborn daughter and me enjoying the Spring sun out in the garden:

Congratulations! wonderful news! very best wishes for long healthy happy lives to all of you.
  Topic: Living in a bee house
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:57 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
Just looking at my previous post, Apologies for having only questions !

I remember reading threads last autumn about dealing with varroa so I should look those up again to refresh my memory. Your ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:05 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
I really fought last autumn to keep varroa down.

What measures did you take? with all hives? most hives? just hives showing symptoms?

How was last year special?
  Topic: TBH Ireland
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:13 am   Subject: TBH Ireland
According to local beekeepers last summer was the best honey year for 30 years, The summer started early and pretty much went on and on. There may well have been more swarms than normal last year but ...
  Topic: My journey back to beekeeping.
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:07 pm   Subject: My journey back to beekeeping.
Wow you are well organized! I love your insulated roofs, our bees would be jealous if they knew! They look like really well built hives.

The last picture has me guessing, Is it a heating cable in ...
  Topic: Eco floor ponderings
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:58 pm   Subject: Eco floor ponderings
are there any pictures of eco floors or can you point me in the right direction

Stevebuzz has given the link to Phil's u-tube of the deep floor. Phil also has a thread on the deep floor, http://www ...
  Topic: Deep floor (eco-floor) photos
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:49 pm   Subject: Deep floor (eco-floor) photos
An update...

The bait hive in the previous picture was used as a birds nest, thankfully we didn't disrupt what had begun. As soon as the little ones fledged we took the hive down and put a nail ac ...
  Topic: Winter and Spring plants for honeybees
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:20 pm   Subject: Winter and Spring plants for honeybees
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This was the winter flowering cherry on November 28th.
  Topic: Winter and Spring plants for honeybees
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:15 pm   Subject: Winter and Spring plants for honeybees
Delighted to see this today, (Although I don't know if it is "good" for the bees to be collecting pollen on January 2nd? ) I am just always happy to see the bees.

http://i1278.photobucket ...
  Topic: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
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Replies: 34
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:02 pm   Subject: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
I grow Phacelia (I think it is tanacetifolia) as green manure, by the kilo it is about 12 euro, but I too have seen tiny little packets for 2 or 3 euro. It is best to sow it a few times in the year to ...
  Topic: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:03 pm   Subject: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
The first 3 weeks of November were very wet (and mild), the bees were out during any sunny spells. The nasturtium has been a good source of late pollen and bees were still finding pollen there last we ...
  Topic: New Swarm
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:20 am   Subject: New Swarm
If I'd known that all young colonies are 'angels' I wouldn't have been so tentative!

I agree with Barbara and rmcpb about young gentle bees changing temperament as they gain strength and I think ...
  Topic: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:19 am   Subject: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
For the record, we don't have Himalayan balsam in my locality. If it is in your area then by all means hold your own views based on your observations, but in my opinion some places that do not have Hi ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:04 pm   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
There are a few threads on this forum about what can be added to the syrup (try the search function), but some experienced beekeepers feel that those things can cause more harm than good. It doesn't m ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:17 am   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
In our climate lots of beekeepers over winter nucs, or small colonies and they do not need 20-25kg of honey. One cannot say exactly how many kg a not fully grown colony will need. but I think they wil ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:57 pm   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
Just seen your last post. I don't know how many Kg. I would just start feeding and see how fast they take it . Meanwhile keep reading old posts, lots of gems of wisdom on this forum to help guide your ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:52 pm   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
If you do wait it will be too late for syrup feeding and you will only have the option of emergency feeding. The bees are gathering a lot of pollen here. I would guess that bees collecting pollen will ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:20 pm   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
they are something like "bee cakes"

Fondant. yes if it is cold fondant is best, but I think it is more expensive and more for emergency winter/spring feeding. If it is mild as you say, t ...
  Topic: Too little honey for the winter?
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:51 pm   Subject: Too little honey for the winter?
I am a beginner but as you have no other replies yet here are my thoughts...

The wax is amazingly light and I believe will make very little difference to the weight.

The search function on thi ...
  Topic: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:28 pm   Subject: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
Very pleased to be able to add this......

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  Topic: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
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Views: 53611

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:00 pm   Subject: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
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  Topic: Sowing bee forage crops.
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:17 am   Subject: Sowing bee forage crops.
I like the idea to try and work with nature.

If you want to use meadow cuttings to mulch or fertilize another area or to use the hay to feed animals, then by all means cut and rake and reduce fert ...
 
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