Bee witched


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Hayfever and gardening as a career

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 11:11

Hi,


We sell our surplus honey from the end of our drive, and quite a few people buy it because they say it helps them with asthma / hayfever.


We filter the honey to take out the odd bee wing etc ... but a lot of pollen ends up still in the honey.


Shop honey from the big suppliers is likely to be filtered to within an inch of its life .... and also heat treated  ... so not much of the "good stuff" makes it into the jars.


The theory is that by eating local honey people are taking taking tiny amounts of pollen from the area they live in. 


Unfortunately this is not going to help you Rubyleaf as bees do not forage on grasses, so no grass pollen will be in honey.


Good luck in your career.


Bee  

Climate Change?

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 21:09

The smart meter installation man came here last year.


He beavered away doing all the preparatory work and then said "I just need to get 2 mobile phone signals and then you'll be up and running ...."


"Good luck" says I .... my husband (6 ft 5 ins) can just about get a signal if he stands on a box in the porch ...


I don't live in the back of beyond .. just in a valley. I suspect there will be lots of other folk with similar problems.


Bee  


Crikey! I thought "I" was crazy😵

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 20:15

Hi MU,


There's me thinking "this time next year Rodney we could be millionaires ....."


Bee x

Crikey! I thought "I" was crazy😵

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 19:48

If Mark Carney at the Bank of England (aka George Clooney in our household) is reading this thread and wants a supply of Stearic acid to make his bank notes  ..... I could let him have a cheap supply of beeswax.


We've got loads of the stuff and there's only so many candles you can usefully use.


Send me a pm Mark if you are interested.


Bee 



If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 13:37

Hi All,


There are 2 shrubs I've got on my "wish list "..... e


Enkianthus campanulatus .... saw this at Benmore Botanic Garden when it was in flower. 


I'd also love to have corylopsis veitchiana.


My third choice is more trilliums ..... can't have enough of these!!


Bee 


Plants you don't like...are there any?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 20:09

HI All,


I agree with Nutcutlet about the pink and white flamingo thing .... always seems to have an ugly graft ... and the dip dyed heathers are just cruelty.


I just can't get on with bergenias .... coarse looking leaves .... often scruffy .... and don't seem to go with anything.


Bee 


Bee Conservation Survey

Posted: 14/11/2016 at 17:00

Done.


Bee  

hancock beehive

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 08:57

PANSYFACE IS SPOT ON.


WE KEEP BEES IN CONVENTIONAL HIVES ... WE ALSO HAVE A  WARRÉ  HIVE WHICH IS CURRENTLY NOT POPULATED.


IN ADDITION TO MONITORING AND MANAGING VARROA, BEEKEEPERS HAVE TO MONITOR FOR AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN FOULBROOD ... IF FOUND IT IS A LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO REPORT THIS.


WE ARE ALSO ON THE LOOK OUT FOR SMALL HIVE BEETLE MAKING AN APPEARANCE IN THE UK (PROBABLY ONLY A MATTER OF TIME).


BEEKEEPING IS A GREAT HOBBY .... BUT IT IS TIME CONSUMING AND NOT SOMETHING TO JUST DRIFT INTO.  WE HAVE HAD BEES FOR 10 YEARS NOW ... WE LOVE HAVING THEM BUT WE TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY SERIOUSLY.


ALLOWING BEES TO JUST SWARM IS NOT A GREAT IDEA .... IF THEY END UP IN YOUR NEIGHBOUR'S CHIMNEY THEY WILL NOT BE PLEASED!


IF A PEST CONTROL COMPANY IS CALLED THEY WILL HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO KILL THEM .... IS THIS REALLY HELPING OUR HONEYBEES?


SORRY TO RANT BUT THIS IS JUST NOT A GOOD PLAN KEV6.


BEE 


Anyone following the cricket?

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 12:52

Hi Dove .... I am!


The first session tomorrow will be very interesting ... early wickets would really make for a great match.


Bit cold here for crickets Pansy ... the midges are out though!


Bee  



Green manure

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 20:06

Hi MaisieM,


I'm in the south east .... near Jedburgh ... so we've already had a sharp frost.


I've also got some phacelia tanacetifolia growing in one veggie bed, and it's now flowering.  Some things don't seem to mind the cold!


Good luck,


Bee 


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