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nikki watts

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nikki watts last won the day on November 17

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    Great barrier island

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  1. we normally have some cross over but this year the kanuka seems to be having a heavier and earlier flowering than usual.
  2. where we are it usually manuka and then into kanuka. this year the kanuka is already flowering and the manuka is just getting going.
  3. what about a share agreement with another beek ? they tend the hives for % of the crop ? or trade tending hives with present owner taking large percentage of this years crop for buyout of hives, could be a good way for a young beek to get started.
  4. or name and sue for loss of income.
  5. i believe active honey could/should be sold on an activity scale, not varietal name. its the non peroxide activity the consumer is buying regardless of the floral source. UMF would have been perfect to use but once it was copyrighted and we had to pay huge $$ to use the letters the door closed on that option for the small family businesses.
  6. we definitely need to get a website. i’m useless at such things. will have to ask one of the kids .
  7. A bit of pirate beekeeping over the weekend and we’re just about finished the first round of supering up, thats quite early for us.
  8. I was told by an (I think) Mpi scientist that lepto scoparium originated in Aussie. Her opinion was anyone had the right to claim it Aussie would. The sticking point is who called it Manuka first.
  9. That’s rough, maybe I’ll see you at one of Maggie’s grafting tutorials.
  10. I took a mum and 3 girls beekeeping today. They’re keen to get hives but wanted some experience and advise. This little one was amasing. They started out in a full suit but by the end of the day all three sisters had their heads in every hive without any gloves, hood or suit. Tasman and her sisters were so relaxed around the bees, they didn’t get one sting between the three of them. She probably ate close to her body weight in honey, sugar crystals and syrup. We all had a fab day.
  11. @Trevor Gillbanks, @Alistair you we’re both right. I checked the cell builder today and found old queen and a lovely big young one too. @Maggie James gave me some great advise and my next graft was 8/20.
  12. we Yeah. I put the old queen back in and will try again on a different hive.
  13. I really need to go see @Maggie James my last graft was 0 from 40 grafts. They hadn’t even bothered to raise their own cell.
  14. Nice work. It’s always exciting to see how many take.
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