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  Topic: Chop and Crop

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:37 pm   Subject: Chop and Crop
I have no useful advice, but have you watched this video?

Chop and crop has never struck me as a particularly difficult process.

My one concern with the video (and mayb ...
  Topic: the honey cow

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:17 pm   Subject: the honey cow
I can think of a number of better uses than bees.
Rain catch, as you said, and also things like building a wormery for a bit of vermiculture/vermicomposting.

Cut in half in the other way to the hi ...
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Quality Top Bar Hives by Andrew Vidler

Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

There is a spectacular display of wild bee hotels here

More about bumblebees and solitary bees here

Information about the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

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