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Rashika

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  1. Ugh lugging water... I feel your pain! I remember the first couple of years here trying to bucket the water to the back, even three joined hoses wouldnt reach far enough... I got very strong! Luckily mums place has been there for a couple of years now, so have a water supply... its no fun lugging buckets around. I still have to do it to the other corner though, except when the irrigator comes past... but the norwesters tend to stop the water coming over the fence.
  2. hand watered the poor trees out the back on sunday night and gave the bees a bit of a sprinkle as well. Did the front lot last night, so far they are surviving as they are a lot more established now than a couple of years ago when i used to spend well over an hour every night, alternating between front and back, trying to give them all a litre or two. about half an hour ago there was some rain out of the sky apparently (greendale), according to my mum, just as she was going to hang our her washing... I should get her to do washing every day!
  3. but is 'borage' honey from Vipers bugloss or the actual borage (i.e. with the drop starflowers, not the prickly tall VP)? the bees like both auckland council description of VP "Viper's Bugloss Echium vulgare Also known as: Vipers Bugloss, Blue Borage Family: Boraginaceae Origin: Asia, Europe General description Densely bristly annual or biennial herb to 50-90 cm high. Deep taproot. Stems stiff, erect, cove
  4. yeah.... isnt it viper's bugloss (and echium)? very different to the borage i also have at home... thought u can call it blue borage supposedly, but that seems odd as borage also has blue flowers (just had to do it yesbut! ? )
  5. yeah will check if they are still where I put them when i get home from work... I didnt bother with a smoker last night, but that is a good idea!
  6. yeap, I think i caught one of those last night... neighbour came over at 7.00pm to say they had a swarm in their hedge. I was calculating whether it may have come from mine, but I figured not as I checked them last weekend and no sign of a swarm even remotely forming. Packed my wheelbarrow with a box and lids and suit and wandered down the road... It was still about 25 degrees, didnt want to walk down the road in my suit! Got there and the neighbour said he saw them fly over his house, completely opposite direction to my place luckily... took a bit to get them into the box, and one o
  7. Funny, my weekend check went almost exactly the same way... Hive 1 and 2 were doing really well, quite a good amount of nectar/pollen coming in to both and hive 2 was booming with bees and plenty of brood, hive 3 had only a smattering of bees and brood (plenty of stores though) so i gave it a boost of young brood and nurse bees from the booming hive (hopefully that will even out both hives... then had a DOH moment, forgot to check if the queen was on the donated brood frames, oh well, if she was then I figure she will kick the other probably old queen out, and the donatee hive would make
  8. not that I can see ... yet... But it is a bit hard to check properly, 1 broodless, 2 almost and the 1 with a bit of brood looked ok Just a waiting game... hate that.. ?
  9. Forgot to post on monday so here it is anyway. Very quick check of all 4 hives cos although it was sunny was a very cold breeze. All hives now clustered a bit and quite happy to stay that way while I gave them the once over. Weirdly for June three still have brood, 2 have just a smattering and one actually had quite a good solid frame of brood, one had no brood I could see. That one with the solid brood also had the largest amount of bees, still mostly filling a brood box and plenty in the honey box as well, even had fresh nectar in that box! Moved strips towards m
  10. Ill take the black one, apparently they go kinda well... be nice to have a cruiser in the garage
  11. So saturday, bee check day, yay finally! its been a bit hard to get time to get into the hives the last while, but I managed it. I have been checking mite drops and tapping and hefting the hives every few days... tapping to get a a wee buzz back LOL... no buzz usually means no bees. ...and the first hive I checked has no buzz for a couple of weeks at least now. This is the hive I was not holding out much hope for: definately dead, no bees, not a speck of brood alive or dead, no honey, lots of pollen though (this was a swarm from spring rehomed along with an older last s
  12. I guess at least that means people are learning what to do
  13. good video trev! Sad about the topic but its good to see the process
  14. and another AFB text... ...considering Ive only got one apiary, I'm kinda stunned by how many AFB hives there has been close by this season. ?
  15. interesting dansar... how is it measured, what does the '10mm' or '39mm' mean?
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