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It is a leaf gall mite. I found this site when I saw these bumps on my tree.
I've had lots of trouble in the past too. I phone my order through now. Stress free!
Try the Natural Beekeeping Website for details of courses in your area, Also Gareth John has a course running in early September. See the Simple Bees website.
Ah - that would certainly be easier! Thanks.
I have some lovely red monarda flowers and the bees love them. Is it easy to collect seed from these flowers and will they come true? I want to grow lots more next year.
The biggest threat to any bee is the two legged one... whether it is spraying pesticide, creating green deserts or interfering with natural bee behaviour.
Can you provide a temporary weather shelter for the exposed cells? Perhaps a box or even the patio table will offer some protection. In a few weeks the queen will go off and hibernate and the workers will die. Rats may be in the compost bin.
Borage & phacelia are both good for honeybees & bumbles.
I echo the responses above but also have the added problem of the base on large butts splitting at the base - and all the water runs away...! Smaller butts don't seem to have this problem but that means I have to have more of them. I recently invested in a proper oak cask, at vast expense. It looks good but I dare not empty it because it will need soaking all over again!
I collect the run off water from my hot tap when doing the washing up (no dishwasher...)
Run the water straight into empty 4pint milk bottles, That goes straight into the watering can.