Archive For July, 2012

We sow the seed, nature grows the seed, then we eat the seed

By | July 30, 2012

I’m 2 weeks into owning my own hive, and things are going great guns. The weather turned nice virtually the day I received the small 5 frame nucleus, and the bees have been getting out on the warm, dry, still days and collecting pollen, and nectar. At this time of year, the queen would normally […]

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A nearby supermarket increases your home’s value

By | July 22, 2012

Now the bees are in and collecting pollen, I’m starting to think more about the surrounding location. I knew that the allotment would be a great spot with regard to friendly people welcoming a hive on their turf, but bees fly over fences. And they need to visit ALOT of flowers, more than one allotment […]

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So, this is what I have become

By | July 20, 2012

One anxious week on, and I went and checked the hive this evening (Friday). I had to avoid a few celebratory work drinks, as bees wont respond well to the smell of alcohol (or strong perfumes, and petrol etc). So, this is what I have become of a Friday eve. I’m quite conscious that I’ve […]

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By | July 15, 2012

Today was a mile stone in my beek learnings, as I located a nucleus of bees into my own hive! An early morning start got me down to Whyteleafe near Croydon, to pick up a 5 frame nucleus from the marvellous David and Celia from East Surrey Bees. A perhaps slightly too fast drive back […]

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Iron fist or velvet glove?

By | July 14, 2012

There’s some obvious benefits to wearing a face covering veil when bee keeping. I’d like to quickly go over why beekeepers wear their unusual garb, its probably not why you think. If bees feel threatened immediately around their hive, they might try to sting around the face and neck, for full impact they will go […]

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