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  1. Urban areas can be extremely productive with a friend of mine on bluff hill Napier once producing 200 kg in a year. At the time the area was probably under stocked. The trouble with urban areas is that most of the area is made up of roads roofs and lawns and while there is usually a very diverse supply of nectar sources they are also very limited and easily over utilised. Up till about 20 years ago there was little or no pressure on beekeeping sites in most areas and apiarys were normally around 2 miles apart with many of them being in the same place for decades. This gave good opportu
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  2. Straining the last of my sticky Xmas gift from my bees. Means not much to many but heaps to me. Can't bare wasting a scrap. Every drop is a bees hard work. Just the last slow dribble to work it's way through the tasty (yep) cappings that clog up my strainer. Two buckets,a 3 frame hand spinner, some stickiness, and a happy woman.
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  3. Those out for a walk along Timaru’s Raymond St on Christmas Day would have been confronted by hundreds of dead and dying bumblebees. Hundreds of bees found dead along Timaru footpath | Stuff.co.nz I.STUFF.CO.NZ Those out for a walk along Timaru’s Raymond St on Christmas Day would have been confronted by hundreds of...
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  4. There's a number of plants you can use to repel insects from under your hive lids, but it's a never ending mission. Any nice safe sheltered place you put in your garden is likely to become host to any number of insect species, and the gap under your hive lid is one of those places. Me, if they are argentine ants in my hives I deal with them. Anything else I just shrug my shoulders and ignore them, live and let live.
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  5. Your situation sounds similar to something my wife and I ran into during our first year with bees. Keep in mind, we are northern hemisphere, so months will sound incorrect for you in the upside down part of the world. We hived our first bees on April 19 a decade ago. Two 4lb packages became 3 colonies, one at the house and 2 more in an orchard just down the road from us. They grew well, and by early June had filled the first box, and we had a second box on, which they were kind of ignoring. It was a deep box with 10 brand new frames in it. Late June on a Sunday morning walkin
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  6. Here is a graphic representation of that. The hive in question is a double deep lang, and it gets two supers at the start of the flow, both drawn. We try treat it exactly the same year over year as it sits on the scale and becomes our sentinel for measuring and comparing the flows year over year. The only manipulation of the data is to remove the artifacts from adding and removing supers. 2014 was the first year we put the scale under the colony, and the spring honey flow lasted exactly 9 days, those who did not have colonies 'ready for flow' at that time, missed the flow. 2015
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  7. it is a bit like raising teenagers and then you wish them well when they go off to University to get fully trained; onwards and upwards. We hope we have equipped them with the skills to manage it. Also we do hope to get one of them back here when they retire. Meanwhile Blind Low Vision are pretty sneaky; immediately they produce another 8 week puppy to help you take your mind off it!!
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  8. Been a real dog of a season here in Upper Hutt so far (certainly out here in the side valleys). Our season is normally later than the rest of the North Island, but with the horrid weather we've had lately, the poor girls are struggling to get out to forage. Just come back from inspecting the hives and it looks like we're a few weeks behind where we were last few years. At least food is bountiful when they can get out. We have a large bank of dog rose and St John's Wort at our place and the honeys and bumbles are loving it!
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  9. A few of them were just a bit too manky and mouldy and, frankly, couldn't be bothered cleaning them so into the fire.
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  10. weather has a big affect also, no collation between one season to the next. Approx 9000 registered beeks in NZ, 2000 own 50+hives, 7000 own less. 7000 hobbyists own 1-2% of hives and produce corresponding % of honey, over crowding not a problem in town/cities. This season so far has not been that great.
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  11. On that note....What does your honey look like?
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  12. Thank you everyone appreciate it. I'll add a super and let nature take it's course........ and do some more reading plenty to learn....Cheers
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  13. on the subject, keep in mind that for beginners there is a whole lot of reasons for things to go wrong eg assemble boxes incorrectly and they warp/split. it may pay just to do it cheaply to start with. if your still beekeeping 4-5 years later and the gear is getting tired, then look at dipping the replacements.
    1 point
  14. Last night it snowed..... again ..... took a walk into the hills this arvo to look at the Manuka blossom, which is coming along.... low level in full flower, higher stuff at 600m still in tight bud. A cold wind blew out of the East, but despite that, in some of the shelterd gullies the bees were working the white flower.
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  15. Took my Year 10 class out to the hive on thursday. Was interested to see how they are going as it has been very wet down here in the South. A huge change from the perpetual drought of south canterbury. They had 2 boxes packed with capped honey and nectar so am going to have to give them another honey super. But i guess being on the edge of town they have been raiding all the local gardens. Took out a honey frame and the kids gathered around spooning up honey fresh from the frame. Even the too cool lads were very impressed.
    1 point
  16. More than happy to introduce you to the Dog Team down here who have routed out most of our AFB in the last couple of years. Patient persistent pressure has paid off. I always thought that AFB was going to wipe us out. I was wrong .
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  17. Some new images about beekeeping in Vietnam
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  18. My daughter wants to paint our supers camo , actually she wants to paint everything camo , or black . We hope it's just a stage she's going through .
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