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  1. I am dumbfounded and confused by all this talk of low prices. Earlier this year my tutor on my course said we will get 50 - 80 kgs of honey per hive and sell it for $20 per kg. Boy, did my fellow students eyes pop out of their heads when they tried to calculate the riches. The tutor actively encouraged us all to go to the bank to borrow heavily and go into business ourselves. I did query the honey prices but he was adamant. And he wasn't talking about Manuka. Think I'll stick to my two hives for now.
  2. A year ago on a kiwifruit tour of Comvita they stated they had 42,000 hives, 2,000 of which were to be used for kiwi pollination. Having re-read the article, as mentioned by @olbe, it does seem more like an add for Comvita rather than a state of the nation for beekeeping. They may want to be the kings of Manuka, but boy, it's sure costing them $$. They do seem to be putting all their eggs in one basket which from a business perspective is very risky, especially when by all the murmurings out there, the current business model has left them in a bit of a pickle. Good luck to them though, as with luck those out there who are also in Manuka can cling to their shirt tails. All other honey types... well... hmmm...
  3. Two tiered honey industry apparently... Nothing new that those in the business don't already know, but great to get it out in the public domain that beekeepers don't all drive Ferrari's and fly helicopters. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/116984265/mnuka-plantations-to-replace-wild-capture-as-honey-sector-faces-twospeed-market?cid=app-android
  4. Your seed hasn't ... oh, pumpkin seed... for a moment there i thought you were on another track! Patience and perseverance Good luck....
  5. A DOC 200, strong steel spring trap that squashes them and kills them very fast. We put dried rabbit meat in as a bait an also a Diphacinone block that is a rat poison. Or, a couple of Diphacinone blocks in a Philproof bait station. We use both on DOC land approved by DOC and with their permission. Goodnature A24's do a fine job as they don't need emptying or regular checking. Cost more though!
  6. We like them, but haven't grown any other types so can't compare them. It's a McGregor's Whangaparaoa Crown "Probably the most popular variety in NZ" according to their own blurb! Feels like we are way behind this year, but they do grow quickly in these parts so guess we'll catch up...
  7. Last of last summers crop, roast pumpkin for dinner, (for the next week) and soup for the summer! Plus a piece for the neighbour... We have suddenly jumped from mid teens to late twenties in one day in the Bay of Plenty, so have bitten the bullet and planted out from the plastic house. And the water tank is dry.
  8. Everyone has an opinion, everyone has an agenda. Everyone has their own reason for being for or against, though sometimes the great unwashed jump on the bandwagon, generally against, because that's what their friends said. Such is these modern times , and not being able to think for ourselves and draw our own conclusions. To look at the facts, or fiction, the pros and cons and most importantly, the alternatives. 1080 is by no means perfect. But it's all we got. 20 years ago it was said we would have a wonder drug that will make the beasties infertile. Problem solved. Here and now it hasn't happened. We live and learn, and the way 1080 is delivered now is so far different from the dark old days. 1080 breaks down very quickly in water, but takes longer in an animal hence the stand down period for safety's sake. Hunters want to hunt and that's fine. By all accounts there are big mammals out there, rip into it people, go on an adventure. The possums however, are one heck of a nuisance and chew through vast tonnages of organic matter daily that our forests just can not cope with. They rip out a big part of the food chain that is very difficult for our flora and fauna to adjust to. To target possums and not deer, that's a wee bit harder. Ground bait stations are easy, though none of my anti1080 friends will get out there and do it. And the vast rugged mountain tracts of land that are inaccessible to human feet but possums just thrive on... helicopters are the only way. There will be collateral damage, there always is. But the bigger picture is a win for our suffering native species. And that's what counts.
  9. Off topic, but forget 1080... The new nectarine is looking a bit worse for wear, so dusted off the unopened copper spray, gave it a burst. Good for strawberries and avo so gave them a once over as well. Come the afternoon and I'm feeling a bit itchy. Struth but I have come up in an unholy red rash all over. Message to self. Read the instructions first...
  10. Off for a week's R&R round the East Cape. Boy, some big country out there. Took the little Honda Fit on the Motu Road today. Let's just say The Wife wasn't too happy with the stream crossings or road in general. Car survived. So did we. Beautiful scenery. Some very big apiaries in Opotiki, not sure what they are munching on as not a lot of visible flower. As for the p's... my neighbour gave me some parsley which has come on nicely, parsnips we always struggle with, potatoes got hammered by the wind and rain two weeks ago but am nursing along the pumpkin which is the ticket to the Big Dance. All else fails, there is always the 2019 vintage Plum Wine which will get me through the door.
  11. 18 degrees? Cor blimey! Ours were inside and took an age to pop their heads above the parapet. Are now in our plastic glasshouse outside, still got single figure overnight temps, be a while yet before I dare to move them to the veggie patch, need to toughen them up for a wee bit yet. And for the weather to settle... the wind and rain has squashed my spuds, flattened the olive trees and stalled any growth that the brassica's were thinking off. But... the girls are foraging so something out there is in flower which is the best news!
  12. And we're off... three pumpkins (and one sweetcorn!) bravely braving the bracing spring weather. With a load of TLC and some warmer weather, we hope for a bountiful crop of many large and tasty pumpkins. And one square one.
  13. Stopped lighting the fire three days ago, definitely late this year, don't know what effect this has on the pollination of Avos and kiwis and tough going for those trying to build some brood. Maybe @Dennis Crowley would be in the know?
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