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  Topic: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
nannybee

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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:08 pm   Subject: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
No problem, Barbara and I have folowed Phil's link and read it with interest. However, I do know that, when we first came to live on our river in 1985ish the flora was very diverse. We then had an out ...
  Topic: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
nannybee

Replies: 34
Views: 78470

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:40 pm   Subject: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
I don't know why you feel you need to be quite so offended about it, Barbara! I was only pointing out that there are other considerations to think about; nothing comes totally without a price. Of cour ...
  Topic: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
nannybee

Replies: 34
Views: 78470

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:19 am   Subject: About Balsam
Please don't plant or encourage himalayan balsam! It's a non-native plant, dangerously invasive in water courses and there is a real need to eradicate it as far as possible. Although it is a great bee ...
  Topic: Top bar hive.
nannybee

Replies: 12
Views: 18037

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:05 am   Subject: Top bar hive.
Well, we removed the mesh floor between the hive and the deep floor yesterday evening. We took the deep floor off first and I was pleased to see it was dry and there seemed nothing sinister in the lit ...
  Topic: Top bar hive.
nannybee

Replies: 12
Views: 18037

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:22 pm   Subject: Top bar hive.
Ha! Blinding me with science, now, John!
  Topic: Top bar hive.
nannybee

Replies: 12
Views: 18037

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:27 pm   Subject: Top bar hive.
Quite right, John - I do remember discussing it now! Well, it probably wasn't the right decision after all; I think I thought I might want to take the deep floor off and didn't want an open floor (alt ...
  Topic: Top bar hive.
nannybee

Replies: 12
Views: 18037

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:13 am   Subject: Top bar hive.
All points taken, Barbara! Just interested to have two hives next door to each other and see how they do, anyway! The deep floor hive was made for me by John at Bentham Bees and I thought I'd discuss ...
  Topic: Top bar hive.
nannybee

Replies: 12
Views: 18037

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:26 am   Subject: Top bar hive.
I'm coming to the end of a first season with a deep litter floor on one of my tbhs. I've got a mesh floor and then the deep floor added below that so the bees can't get access to it (but I am wonderin ...
  Topic: Does this look normal?
nannybee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:49 am   Subject: Does this look normal?
I'm not an expert by any means but I do know that most conventional beeks dislike drones, seeing them as useless consumers of the honey they want to harvest, so they remove drone brood. You have to as ...
  Topic: Too hot in a deep floor hive?
nannybee

Replies: 19
Views: 26085

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun May 18, 2014 7:45 am   Subject: Too hot in a deep floor hive?
That's it ! I wonder why only the deep floor hive shows this? Or why at all, come to that. There is a nice explanation by someone on the Youtube video, which appeals to me as an ex-headteacher, that i ...
  Topic: Too hot in a deep floor hive?
nannybee

Replies: 19
Views: 26085

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 2:55 pm   Subject: Too hot in a deep floor hive?
I have two tbhs - one with a mesh floor and a moveable bottom board and one with a deep floor filed with leaf litter, compost and wood shavings. The latter has had bees in it since the beginning of Ap ...
  Topic: What is in this 'wax moth deterrent'?
nannybee

Replies: 2
Views: 6542

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:21 pm   Subject: A sort of answer - is it worth a go?
Have had a reply from the supplier (Harrods Horticultural) who can't say what the ingredients are because they no longer supply it - but they can assure me that it is entirely natural and organic and ...
  Topic: What is in this 'wax moth deterrent'?
nannybee

Replies: 2
Views: 6542

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:09 pm   Subject: What is in this 'wax moth deterrent'?
A friend of mine used to have a bumble bee lodge that she bought from a garden suppliers. The company sent her a small, unlabelled jar, like a lip gloss jar, of something that they advised for wax mot ...
  Topic: Is it warm enough?
nannybee

Replies: 13
Views: 18396

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:40 am   Subject: Is it warm enough?
Thanks, everyone. It's really to see how stores and brood are doing and to make sure the bars are free of brace comb. This is because I plan to move one of the two colonies currently in one hive into ...
  Topic: Is it warm enough?
nannybee

Replies: 13
Views: 18396

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:32 pm   Subject: What about opening up?
Still on the theme of 'is it warm enough', what would be the ideal air temperature to open the hive for a first look in the spring? We have had a lovely day today and the outside thermometer showed 15 ...
  Topic: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
nannybee

Replies: 28
Views: 49748

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:48 pm   Subject: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
Have been into Koppert's website. They do indeed sell stratiolaelaps scimitus for use against horticultural pests. Their dealerships are all over England - Cambs, Leicester, Notts, Yorkshire and even ...
  Topic: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
nannybee

Replies: 28
Views: 49748

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:00 pm   Subject: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
Australia and the US seem able to buy them with no problem; one of the reasons for buying them is to control mites on pet tarantulas!
Incidentally, with reference to putting them above the top bars ...
  Topic: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
nannybee

Replies: 28
Views: 49748

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:50 pm   Subject: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
How can a naturally occurring mite be a veterinary medicine for heaven's sake? What about all those biocontrol beasties the garden people supply for fruit and veg? We'll just have to hope it moves in ...
  Topic: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
nannybee

Replies: 28
Views: 49748

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:02 pm   Subject: wood shavings
For our chickens I use the sort of wood shavings that is sold for horse or other animal bedding; you can get it from any farm shop in big bales very cheaply. It's dust extracted and clean and, judging ...
  Topic: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
nannybee

Replies: 28
Views: 49748

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:01 am   Subject: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
I'm planning to set up a new tbh with a deep floor for next season (filled with shavings and homemade compost mixed with dry leaves, I thought) I see that Beevet sells stratiolaelaps scimitus. Would i ...
 
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