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  Topic: What are some good bee plants???
ZoltanO

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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:11 am   Subject: What are some good bee plants???
I live in eastern Kentucky. My girls love quince which will be flowering before the end of February. Shortly after they will be in the trees. Then, native wildflowers and plants at the garden center o ...
  Topic: Releasing the queen... when?
ZoltanO

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:36 am   Subject: Releasing the queen... when?
Thanks Garret! That's very reassuring. It makes it easier to leave them alone knowing that.
  Topic: Releasing the queen... when?
ZoltanO

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:06 am   Subject: Releasing the queen... when?
Good to hear from you Sally.

It's been a week now for my hives and I've been good Very Happy

The bees coming and going at first had no pollen, but in the last few days I've noticed many coming in with ...
  Topic: Releasing the queen... when?
ZoltanO

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:28 am   Subject: Releasing the queen... when?
This is my first venture into bees. I built three TBH and populated them with package bees. I was curious about when it is best to release the queen. I've noticed some posts that mention direct releas ...
 
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Conserving wild bees

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