Monthly Archives: June 2011

Flower Log

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A good morning: apprentices galore!

It was quite early (for me!) this morning when the phone rang.  It was my apprentice, Caps, who, as a peripatetic gardener, had the bees at Thomas Hardy minor’s garden at Lower Bockhampton thrust upon her and who turned to … Continue reading

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The June Gap

While the June gap started earlier than usual this year owing to the compressed spring and the drought I think it can be declared over now as, not only is the white clover out but also the Rose Bay Willow … Continue reading

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How are the Miteys Falling?

There seems to have been a peak that may now have passed. The recent mite-fall figures are: 5th June 0; 6th June 0; 7th June 2; 9th June 1; 12th June 9; 14th June, 11.50 am 30 + 26 at … Continue reading

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Transparent Hive

Something strange is happening!  I monitor the fall of Varroa mites normally on a daily basis.  Generally the number is between zero and 4. I missed yesterday so went up this morning and found a drop of 30!  Furthermore, I … Continue reading

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Good company

I’ve had a busy week attending birthday parties and attending to other people’s bees.  First was my friend Pat’s 60th. I keep my top bar hive on her permacultural holding, but she also has several hives of her own, which, … Continue reading

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Getting the Best from Your Bees

I’ve just spent the colossal sum of $5 or, at today’s rates, £3.05 on my credit card downloading the e-version of the book to my computer. Cheap at twice the price! It looks very like the real thing but doesn’t … Continue reading

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