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  Topic: Natural other-stuff...

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:49 pm   Subject: Natural other-stuff...
... a huge trend towards small scale organic gardening... You can count me in this camp! We had some medium-to-good success last year using "natural" methods to ward off tomato blight. At t ...
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:20 pm   Subject: Queen cells in trap-out
Noob question: If the queen stayed behind in the wall, who laid the eggs? Did you give them a bar with eggs to play with? I guess I just answered my own question.

Great pics, thanks for posting ...
  Topic: Small hive beetle & honey storage

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:38 pm   Subject: Small hive beetle & honey storage
I love those beetle traps, I'm going to fit them to my hives this winter. And I see no reason why they couldn't be adapted to the Langstroth hives that everyone else in the club uses.
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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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