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  Topic: Apple juice in syrup?
jumbleoak

Replies: 7
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:04 pm   Subject: Apple juice in syrup?
Both Thymol and Cider Vinegar contain chemicals.
  Topic: waking bees
jumbleoak

Replies: 9
Views: 4529

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:43 pm   Subject: waking bees
Classic catchercradle post:
I am also of the no feeding group
Erm, but not really...
if I think a colony is going to starve...I will put some candy in
If I get a truly atrocious season though I a ...
  Topic: Scaffolding plank hive
jumbleoak

Replies: 12
Views: 6731

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:12 pm   Subject: Scaffolding plank hive
The 2nd one is a lot better - thanks for re-doing it. Some people worry about right angle corners in bee-spaces, i.e. hollow trees have a round cross-section rather than rectangular, and the corners m ...
  Topic: Scaffolding plank hive
jumbleoak

Replies: 12
Views: 6731

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:26 pm   Subject: Re: Scaffolding plack hive

If you surch YouTube for: Hancock alternative beehive


Unfortunately, the picture and sound is cr@p* - and cr@p* weather, too!
  Topic: Wasp in top feeder
jumbleoak

Replies: 7
Views: 5375

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:02 pm   Subject: Wasp in top feeder
You're first reply was sarcastic, so don't play the victim too much. I was one of those that read your original post and didn't reply - because I had nothing useful to say. But, as you acknowledged, t ...
  Topic: Wasp in top feeder
jumbleoak

Replies: 7
Views: 5375

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:30 pm   Subject: Wasp in top feeder
We used to have a Bill from Kent (or thereabouts) some years ago. It was entertaining for a while, till he got banned - or just left the forum.

Just wondering...
  Topic: Fondant
jumbleoak

Replies: 7
Views: 4479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:54 pm   Subject: Fondant
This recipe will not make plastic fondant.
  Topic: Fondant
jumbleoak

Replies: 7
Views: 4479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:07 pm   Subject: Fondant
That is exactly how I think of the consistency that you get most of the time using this recipe. It has worked for me - or, rather the bees. The only thing you can do differently that I know of is to w ...
  Topic: Winter feeding for top bar hives
jumbleoak

Replies: 6
Views: 5674

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 2:23 pm   Subject: Winter feeding for top bar hives
If you have an end entrance then the brood is going to be towards that end, so counting from the entance end the two bars with the hole might be bars 4 and 5.

If you imagine that, then you now hav ...
  Topic: Winter feeding for top bar hives
jumbleoak

Replies: 6
Views: 5674

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:07 pm   Subject: Winter feeding for top bar hives
One way is this (but unfortunately you have to do it while there is still time for the bees to build comb:
- hold two top bars together in a vice, or clamps
- drill a 1" hole - same diameter as ...
  Topic: Flying Ants
jumbleoak

Replies: 3
Views: 7017

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:10 pm   Subject: Flying Ants
I've always thought it must have something to do with a big change in atmospheric pressure, but never had a barometer to confirm it.
  Topic: Flying Ants
jumbleoak

Replies: 3
Views: 7017

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:06 pm   Subject: Flying Ants
Ants have decided to fly this evening around here (Kent, UK). Anybody else seeing this?

Usually, this seems to happen when there are impending storms, but it all seems stable just now.
  Topic: Wasps…again
jumbleoak

Replies: 5
Views: 4257

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 2:46 pm   Subject: Wasps…again
I guess you're not interested in reducing the entrance size with corks, so how about putting up a trap or two. Other threads discuss this.
  Topic: Wasp Invasion
jumbleoak

Replies: 11
Views: 7403

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:14 pm   Subject: Wasp Invasion
As far as wasp traps are concerned, it doesn't have to be 'yes' or 'no':
- If you already have wasps around the hive, then try a wasp trap
- If it acts as a lure for other wasps from far and wide (w ...
  Topic: Game about beekeeping
jumbleoak

Replies: 3
Views: 3385

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 6:05 pm   Subject: Game about beekeeping
Dismissed.
  Topic: Gaps between follower board and floor
jumbleoak

Replies: 10
Views: 9461

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:27 pm   Subject: Gaps between follower board and floor
Do you have top bars over the areas on the far sides of the follower boards? If so, then they can't be using these routes as alternative entrances/exits. In which case, the other possibility is that t ...
  Topic: Please report on use of Linseed/beeswax protection
jumbleoak

Replies: 5
Views: 5642

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun May 03, 2015 11:50 am   Subject: Please report on use of Linseed/beeswax protection
I love the idea of soaking hives in a bath of hot wax but unfortunately, not really practical for the average hobby beekeeper and certainly not for a hTBH.

No, but the approach is right, i.e. the i ...
  Topic: How many openings
jumbleoak

Replies: 6
Views: 3974

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:37 pm   Subject: How many openings
A traffic jam is fine, but if there's gridlock, then open another.
  Topic: British Black Bee project
jumbleoak

Replies: 145
Views: 166117

PostForum: British Black Bee Project   Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:17 pm   Subject: British Black Bee project
Broken youtube link.
  Topic: Big business makes unnatural claim on the word Honey
jumbleoak

Replies: 15
Views: 39235

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:53 pm   Subject: Re: Big business makes unnatural claim on the word Honey
I have written to my MP, local trading standards, Radio 4, tesco, Morrisons. Here is the email I sent to the operations director Jane Moseley and Jill MClean of the BBKA...

Presumably you wrote to ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
jumbleoak

Replies: 57
Views: 104139

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:43 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
^^^ I can't think of any sensible response, but good luck with whatever it is that you are up to.
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
jumbleoak

Replies: 57
Views: 104139

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:11 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
That's a good how-to, but it's not what I was asking for.

I have repeatedly asked 2 simple questions about what you have actually done re. dowsingthe Hartmann Grid (not what you or others might do) ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
jumbleoak

Replies: 57
Views: 104139

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:47 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
No, I got it from this:

Until I learned of this whole Hartman Grid business here on this site, I’d only dowsed for water pipes

<snipped>

Charlie

It doesn't mention dowsing for the g ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
jumbleoak

Replies: 57
Views: 104139

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:22 am   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
^^^ So, in fact, you have not dowsed the Hartmann Grid at all to date.
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
jumbleoak

Replies: 57
Views: 104139

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:57 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
I refer only to the use of L-bent wires/rods for the detection of ... this grid thingy

You've dowsed it. Now, don't be coy:
- What were you dowsing for (i.e. were you focussing on 'Hartmann Grid', ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
jumbleoak

Replies: 57
Views: 104139

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 5:32 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
if the same thing occurs over time and culture there must be something in it....dowsing occurs across history and culture

Yes, this is true of a lot of superstition and mumbo-jumbo. All it takes is ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
jumbleoak

Replies: 57
Views: 104139

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:39 am   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
I really don't think I hauled this thread over from the far side. At least not intentionally.

The original thread was in 'Foraging on the Far Side'. This is all your fault!
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
jumbleoak

Replies: 57
Views: 104139

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:11 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
Barbara managed to condense a whole long-winded thread into a single post. There's really not much more to add about the nonexistent Hartmann Grid than is contained in it.

As for a sticky, I ask th ...
  Topic: Wasps ... what Now?
jumbleoak

Replies: 6
Views: 5930

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:39 pm   Subject: Wasps ... what Now?
Also, wasp traps.
  Topic: Basic assessment.
jumbleoak

Replies: 5
Views: 5593

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:07 pm   Subject: Re: Ui
They insist on full length and washed.


Probably because they have no way of telling what you've been up to and where you've been.
 
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