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Post  camprn on Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:16 pm

So, today is March 14, 2012, though it felt like April. most of the ground in my boxes is still frozen 4 inches down... but...The bees are out looking for pollen and anything else sweet they can find. After pondering and looking at the weather forecasts, I decided to move up my schedule. I reversed the bottom hive body, popped in a pollen patty, installed a super of wired foundationless frames and put on spring sugar syrup so hopefully the bees will make wax and more bees. This could turn into a good thing... it takes about 5 weeks for a honey bee to go from and egg to a forager... I think the dandelions should be out just about then... Very Happy

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:22 pm

At a quick glance, I thought the title said "Beers in the Garden"

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Post  littlejo on Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:03 pm

I wish you luck with your bees!

Last yr. I never saw a honey bee. I had a small bumble bee (numerous) in the garden pollinating. As the weather cooled for fall, honey bees came and were on the hummingbird feeder.

They are now foraging the yard, dewberries and strawberries are blooming, and are covered with honey bees. Maybe someone has a hive in the area? Will the honey bees pollinate a garden area?

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Post  curio on Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:42 am

How many honey bee hives do you have? Do they have to be in sunlight?
We have the option of buying Mason bees here, which I am considering. Keeping them looks like it might be a bit complicated, so I think buying a book is the first step.
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Re: Bees in the Garden

Post  GWN on Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:03 am

Last year I was attempting to get seed from my second year carrots (which I have subsequently learned was a bit foolish)
However those great big flower heads attracted tons of bees, every time I went out to the garden those heads were swarming with bees and they totally ignored me...
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Post  JK on Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:59 am

I dont how many different types I have around the yard but they are buzzing everywhere. Last year once it got full spring/summer there were so many that it was a low buzzing sound throughout the entire yard. Great for the plants but you couldnt take a step off the path without disturbing at least 3 bees. Guess I will appreciate them more this year Very Happy

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Post  RoOsTeR on Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:55 pm

Our weather has been beautiful and warm all week. It seems any time the temps are 50 or above, the bees are out! We get thousands I'm guessing. They LOVE eating the chicken mash! I cannot believe how much food they can put away I give up! We let our neighbors place their hives right next to our alfalfa pasture and their bees love that too when its blooming...and the dandelions! Me, I love the honey they give us

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Re: Bees in the Garden

Post  camprn on Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:39 pm

oh love that local honey! If you have never had local honey, there is nothing quite like it. If there is a flower or they smell anything sweet, the bees go there! I try to plant a variety of colorful flowers near the garden. The bees are really attracted to blue and whit, then yellow and orange and red.Very Happy
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Post  RoOsTeR on Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:41 pm

Incredible creatures! They read compost books too Razz Razz Razz

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Post  camprn on Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:44 pm

Dang it, where'd my bee link go?

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Post  nancy on Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:43 pm

Can I send you my dandelions? I saw huge bumblebees yesterday, but no honeys yet. How exciting that they are buzzing around already!
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Post  GWN on Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:09 pm

so I guess it must have been the large white flowers on the carrots...

How can you tell the honeys from other bees, ?
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Post  shannon1 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:20 am

notice the fuzzy head and body but not so much fuzz on ab.

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