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kaihoka

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  1. Maybe I should plant some . Things that are weeds other places just grow normally here .
  2. The manuka is flowering better here than I have seen it for yrs. But I have not heard if the bees have been collecting it . I have heard that it is pretty fussy about the conditions its nectar flows in .
  3. That is true , its still a drug but not recreational . Its really the extent of monocultures that I find offensive . But I suppose acres of clover could be called a mono culture . I am old enough to remember the mixed plantings of trees and crops and livestock in blenhiem and nelson area. Conversations of the forum suggest changes in land use to convenient monocultural pasture has affected hive forage. Probably restricted variety of pollen sources too. I wonder if urban hives have a better diet .
  4. In tasman all the berries and black currants have been ripped out for hops. And a whole lot of fruit trees in waihope valley are being ripped out for a cannabis opperation. As if the world needs more drugs and less food .!!
  5. Another convenient swarm in pastoral hives. What do you do with swarms on the coast , leave them in the top of the rata trees .?
  6. That would certainly be an acceptable blend . Sounds very nice .
  7. Do you still do a run of just vipers buglosses ?
  8. Do you mean honey ruined by blending ?
  9. I had two dry springs and sucessfull matings after lots of crappy springs and crappy matings. So I chanced it again this spring , big fail . Queens took ages to mate , one ended up a drone layer , one disappeared and ended up with laying workers . Also migrants who bring good drones came late . So I am making my queens in feb when migrants still here and there is a bit of a flow so my nucs are not robbed .
  10. The weather has turned nice and the bees are spoilt for choice of forage . Its a shame my hives are weak . I took the queen excluder out of two of my hives. In one they were not moving up and in the other the queen was on the outer frame looking to lay . There are lots of frames full of partially caped and uncapped honey so she is not going to lay in them anyway. My new import queen is laying nicely , really showing up the badly mated queen in adjacent hive. One of my weak hives I reduced to a single box and stored the other box above the cover board , under the
  11. This yr has exposed how much wealth is in NZ that normally gets spent overseas. The art market is going gangbusters. The social inequality in NZ is not ripping apart society currently but I do wonder what it will be like in 20 yrs if things continue to change at the same rate.
  12. In the old days most of the beeks I knew had other income in the off season or as well as . Possuming , goldmining, deer culling , dope growing , other horticultural work . Unless they were doing pollination no one seemed to make all their living from honey .
  13. I know people who have sold up in nelson area and moved to the coast and ended up with no mortage and money in the bank . But houses you could buy for $250,000 three yrs ago are $400,000 now .
  14. Do use your hives for pollination . Are the crops in canterbury that need pollination nectar producers
  15. Golden Bay has lots of complicated access arrangements that were made on a handshake 40yrs ago when land was cheap here . Now when people are old and selling up to new owners things are unraveling .
  16. 70klm is not very far away . In NZ you can still get a lot of damage that close . I suppose it depends on how the fault lines in your area are arranged .
  17. Hey are you ok . Did any of yours hive get tipped over .
  18. Its been unusually cold here lately . I have not had a swim yet , not even tempted . Thats how I measure how warm the summer is , by when I go swimming .
  19. It is probably bad blood between relatives . Manuka is the excuse for conflict . There is some ill feeling out our way too now with newcomers muscling in . But its such a good flowering of manuka here this yr there may be enough for all .
  20. How far did the hail band extend. These bands are very patchy . I heard it was not around hills .
  21. My bees are often busy in my blackwoods when there is no flowering happening. I read that a scale insect in them secretes dew.
  22. i thought mating happened in a drone zone. so would the success of a mating site depend on how sheltered the flight path to the drone zone was.
  23. My sister is a vegan . She eats my honey . I have explained that if anything I am a slave to my bees not the other way round .
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