Outdoor girl

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Posted: 15/05/2013 at 13:22

Thanks obelixx. I want to add that the best way to help bees is to grow as many bee friendly plants as you can and not use chemicals at all.   In London, the numbers of beekeepers have doubled and the forage has halved. This means that beekeepers are using sugar to sustain colonies (and don't get me started on sugar from sugar beet and chemicals...). To help all bees we need to grow bee friendly forage.  Which I think is where the OP is coming from.


Posted: 15/05/2013 at 13:09

The BBKA use methods which include using chemicals in  hives and disabling queen bees by cutting wings. The Natural Beekeeping Trust uses bee friendly methods which avoid these techniques. Their courses  are comprehensive and focus on natural methods.  However, there is some merit in joing a local BKA, if only to see how to treat bees badly.

Something is eating my chives.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 16:22

Rabbits? Bane of my life. Sigh.  Mind you...  they tend to steer clear of p[lants which smell.

Runner Beans loss of leaves

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 12:00


Pests affecting Bees

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 09:45

It sounds like wax moth. The local beekeeping association may be able to help. Or the local bee inspector - you can get his name from the local BKA. Did you clean the hive after you discovered the dead bees?  



Marigolds in the veg patch

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 16:58

I plant marigolds in the veg patch, tagetes in the greenhouse for tomatoes and am just about to put tagetes minutiae (sp!) to try & combat some ground elder. Thanks for the tip about summer savory for broad bean - I sowed lots of summer savory seed and I think every one germinated!

bee flies

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 14:31

Masses here in the south too - far more than last year. I think they are fascinating to watch!

Non-cultivar flowering plants

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 21:34

Wildflowers especially liked by bees include borage & phacelia. They also adore limnanthes (poached egg flower) which is dead easy to grow.

Non-cultivar flowering plants

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 20:13

Plant things like cosmos, marigold (calendula), echinacea, rudbeckia & any open single blooms. Most wildflowers are good too.

spam issues

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 13:03

I'm happy to leave them all. I reported everyone this morning - hoping the mods would see that it is quite a problem. i know it bumped them all up - sorry , but I was very annoyed.

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