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Great Way of Making Some Money Out of this Hobby?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 19:17

Hi Lunaria,

Beekeeping is a great hobby .... and fits so well with gardening.

I popped over to the hives earlier today. The bees were bringing in orange pollen (probably from the snowdrops) which is a sign that all is well in the hives and the queen is beginning to lay.

There is a lot to this beekeeping lark .. and the bees haven't always read the books ... but that's what makes it fun.

Great Way of Making Some Money Out of this Hobby?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 09:40

Hi Paullypaul,

We don't sell anything online .... just from the end of our drive.

There is a company round here who does (see link below) and their prices for the beeswax candles are very reasonable. Probably best to burn them indoors rather than outdoors as you will then be able to smell that wonderful honey / wax aroma ... much nicer than the usual paraffin or soya wax candles in my opinion.

Great Way of Making Some Money Out of this Hobby?

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:47

Hi Paullypaul,

Thanks for the link to this site ...  I wholeheartedly agree with the point you are making about travel miles for flowers.

Hadn't expected to find anyone in "my" bit of Scotland ... but there are a couple (although not that local).

Good luck with your dahlias ... we sell our honey / beeswax candles from an honesty box and also manage to sell quite a bit ... and people are honest!!

Bee Witched





Unusual red hot pokers......

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 19:29

The only one I have is Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle' ..... had to buy it just for the name and it hasn't disappointed.

Fits in well with a purple / orange themed border I'm trying to develop.

I just love it ... and so do the slugs!!

(bought from my favourite nursery .. Larch Cottage near Penrith ... well worth a visit).

Room 101

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 22:47

Can I put electioneering in?  I'm already sick of all the coverage it's started to get.

Us lot in Scotland are still recovering from the referendum stuff ....

Manuka honey

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 22:04

Thanks Dove .... us local beekeepers do appreciate the loyal support from our local customers.

Beekeeping is a fascinating (but expensive) hobby. For most beekeepers the income from honey sales barely covers costs ....  but that isn't why we do it.

I've read some articles that suggest manuka is not more beneficial for health than good quality local honey .... just had better marketing! Personally, I don't like the TCP after-taste of manuka .... but some people love it.


Moving gooseberries

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 18:07

Hi Verdun,

Got mine off ebay ....  good sized bottle so will last me for ages.

Neem is best used preventatively ... which is why I spray my couple of gooseberry bushes (and the solomon's seal) in April and again in May.

Have been doing this for 4 years now and it works a treat.


Moving gooseberries

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 16:01

Hi Biofreak,

 I make up a spray of neem oil and as soon as all the leaves are out in April I drench each bush. Any spare solution goes onto the soil below the plant as the earthworms are supposed to love it. I do a second drench at the end of May (just in case) and have had great crops since.

Neem is totally organic and although it stinks a bit is easy to mix up and apply (see link below). I got mine off ebay .... wasn't expensive for a big bottle which will last ages. At room temperature it is solid, but goes liquid again with a couple of hours in the airing cupboard.

Am using this year on the lilies as the dreaded beetle has now put an appearance in Scotland.

Just a shame it doesn't work on slugs ....

So, worth a try ... good luck.

Your favourite tomato varieties

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 19:35

I don't have a greenhouse so only grow outdoors.

Last year 2 cherry types impressed .... Tomato 'Terenzo' F1 Hybrid (free seed with Gardens Illustrated)  ... lovely thin skin ... and Tomato Sweet Baby.

Will be growing both in 2015.

Black Friday bargains

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 22:08

Tootles ....  get back to John Lewis and tell them you are not happy. I bought a piece of furniture from them in the summer .... 3 weeks later it was £200 cheaper!

I complained (nicely) and got the £200 refunded to my credit card.


Worth trying.............


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