Monthly Archives: March 2011

Garden Centre Bees

I have spent half the day with lady on the management team of a chain of local garden centres.  She has asked my help to set up a ‘beekeeping weekend’ at all 3 at the end of June, so, besides … Continue reading

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Building a varroa floor

Somebody on the US based BeeList was asking for a design for a ‘screened bottom board’; what we in the UK would call an open mesh floor for helping cope with Varroa. So here’s my description that I sent as … Continue reading

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Flower log

Suddenly it’s dandelion wine time!  This used always to occur around St George’s Day (23rd April). Last year it was about 8th April.  I get the feeling that there may be a link between the time of dandelions and the … Continue reading

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Skep beekeeping

Here’s the notice I have prepared to go next to the (currently empty) skeps to educate visitors to Hardy’s Cottage.: THE SKEPS These straw basketty things are beehives of the type Mrs Hardy would have used here at the time young Tommy … Continue reading

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More fun with an apprentice

She had bought a National in the flat and had assembled it almost correctly so there was a certain amount of de-nailing etc to be done.  Aren’t Swiss Army knives useful! The new deep varroa floor I had made for … Continue reading

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Getting the gear

It was my lovely daughter-in-law, Ally’s birthday yesterday. I gave her a copper smoker that she photographed and posted on her facebook page! She doesn’t have bees yet, but does have the hive that I gave her and Tom as … Continue reading

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Varroa floor – the long drop

I’ve just made a Varroa floor for the National Trust’s new National hive at Hardy’s Cottage as I’m not satisfied with those available commercially. They all have the collecting tray far too close to the mesh. Dr Jeff Pettis in … Continue reading

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