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About mischief

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  1. My 'True Greek' Oregano is getting loads of visitors from mid morning to early evening, even though its in partial shade and not full sun.
  2. I had to move my hive from one corner of my back yard to the other far corner- about 30 m away. My hive is a long hive up on a stand, so I needed help. The night before, I closed off the entrance. I had to go to work and was back by mid afternoon, A neighbour helped me move it. Interestingly, there were at least a dozen bees outside, feeding nectar through the screen, so they Dont always go home every night. After we moved it, what i did was put alot of thin branches across the entrance as well as cover the whole thing with shade clothe to make it as difficult as possible for them to get out- so they would KNOW things had changed and would re-orientate. Entrance was closed down to the smallest i could do. I left it that way for about a week, maybe a bit more then removed the shade clothe leaving the branches and twigs. When I checked the bait box I had placed at the original spot the first morning after the move (5am before work), there were only a handful of bees in it. This got put directly under the hive. I checked the original spot as well- with a torch cos it was still dark and there were a few small clusters of bees on the concrete. The next few days, still some bees went back and in the evening there would be a billow of bees circling around til they all found the hive and went to their new home.. They were really loud while this was going on. Noisy!!! Each day there would be less and less at the old site. They always found there way back to the hive with none there in the early morning, except for the first day. So, you can move a hive even if it is close by. You just have to make sure they have to work at getting out and have to re-orientate on the entrance. They did really well over the rest of summer and over wintered really well. This spring they got split for the first time and both hives are doing well. Good luck with your move.
  3. Love the recycling!! My butternuts have only just got planted out. Not too worried about that cos I really like them over winter rather than summer.
  4. Are you sure they havent just been foraging on salvias. I have a number of plants and was a bit worried at seeing shiney bees til I watched them push their way into the flower.
  5. Paul Stamets book- Mycelium Running, is really interesting. So is Michael Phillips- Mycorrhizal Planet. I think I like that one better. BookdepositoryUK is my fav on line book store. I found a source of NZ Native Oyster mushrooms that I am experimenting with. Almost got the wooden dowels of both strains ready to plug into some cabbage tree trunks. now I wait impatiently for the supplier to get his NZ Shiitake mushies ready for sale.
  6. Mine just started flowering today these are a bright yellow compared to the others which are more a gold colour. Not much into hunting but its almost time for me to go fishing.
  7. November, but I do have two tubers that have nice stems and leaves on them right now
  8. There are a few mature Kowhai just down the road from me which are already in full bloom. I always thought these started flowering in November. My two young trees plus another I know of, have yet to do so. So.....do I plant my Kumara now or not? Traditionally, you do this when they start flowering.....just seems way to early.
  9. I inspected the hive today. That went well and I was happy with what I saw. When I changed the hive around, I made sure there was a follower board on the brood side so I could just go in and inspect that area. I didnt quite have it far enough into the hive, but after the second frame, managed to not roll the bees.
  10. I saw the saw thing last summer- the brood nest covered 15 frames with no brood anywhere else. I was too sure if that was because I had the fat honey comb next to the brood nest with alot of the other honey comb fattened up to some degree. I prefer not to use a QE. They seemed to have done okay with just the normal deep frames, tending to have a whole frame or two just for pollen rather than underneath the brood. There problem so far has been me, but they are patient teachers. The new hive is a Jumbo deep so it will be interesting to compare them. I'm also using the SC plastic frames, but have cut all the edges off some of these to use as 'foundation insert'. So far I've got 4 frames ready with waxed 'inserts' underneath a starter strip that is sewn in place with cotton thread. I figure that way, they will have a honey dome over, can make the holes they like so much along the top and upper sides. I'm out of wax so I may need to put empties in between with just the starter strip and hope for the best. To extract, when they get to that point, I'm hoping to be able to cut the lower portion out, pop it on couple of cake racks tied together with cable ties, de-cap, pop it in the extractor and then slide it back into the frame. I dont need all the honey
  11. I'm having a hard time getting in at the moment, just as I get ready to the weather turns again. Not too sure about supering, I got the long hive cos my back wont let me do heavy lifting.
  12. I had to move my hive around to get it ready for opening up the main entrance again for the new season. The bees had a a hard time figuring out things were which gave me time to count what was going in. One had red pollen which I thought odd seeing as flax isnt flowering yet- might be dead nettle ...2 out of 3 had either yellow or orange pollen. I wound up opening up the main entrance ahead of schedule to try to lessen the traffic jam. Almost got hive # 2 ready- just got the roof to sort out. This one is for a Beequip Jumbo deep sized frame. My main problem right now is that my 32 frame long hive is already working on 20 frames and its not even a week into spring...no way to super this so I need to split it soon.
  13. My Pink Manuka is flowering too, but only on the sun side
  14. Contrary to what seems to be the norm, my mite count this year has been worryingly low, all year. The Ad- "Dont trust 'em boss!", has been at the back of my mind for most of the year. After yet another OAV, mite count after 24hours is...again, 2.....I check every day and clear the boards after every four days, when I do it all over again. After almost losing my hive last spring, I have been vigilent to the point of paranoia, recognising that organic treatments my need to be done more frequently to stay on top of things. I would like to say it is because I have partially regressed my hive down to small cell, but they only have 5 shaved down frames out of 15 in the brood area, so that doesnt work. As I said somewhere earlier- they have been a puzzle all year. I simply watch and learn.
  15. I started out with wooden and foundation starter strips. When I finally managed to get plastic frames (Small cell so imported, meaning unwaxed), I applied what I thought was a good amount but they didnt build it out very well. Just the middle bit. It was only when I literally finger-painted the wax, heavily (from honey plus brood comb) they did build it out full. So now its heavier the better.
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