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Vegetable Gardening and Apiculture 17 Jul 2024 22:30 #130012

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If you don’t have enough bees already Dan. I’m going to guess this skill is right up your alley.
Bees in the Russian Sage . They love it.

 


Thanks Scoot. I'm sure I'd enjoy it and may one day. I'm going to have a talk with Joe probably at Arrowhead this fall. My neighbor's son has two hives and we get their bees over here. We leave patches of clover uncut and the honey bees love it. Crops like watermelon, cantaloupe, squash and cucumbers have to have insect pollinators to produce fruit. A lot of plants like corn, beans and tomatoes are wind pollinated. 

Wasp eat a lot of caterpillars and I just got stung 20 minutes ago on my lower arm harvesting collards. I see them working the small leaves and this one mistook me as the enemy. It's not a bad sting.

It surprises a lot of folks to find out that honey bees aren't native. That's doesn't bother me though. 

Joe has quite the set up.
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Vegetable Gardening and Apiculture 17 Jul 2024 20:44 #130009

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If you don’t have enough bees already Dan. I’m going to guess this skill is right up your alley.
Bees in the Russian Sage . They love it.

 

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Vegetable Gardening and Apiculture 12 Jul 2024 20:04 #129950

Joe, the Bee Man! Dang....

Dan, I bet you would be really good at this too.

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Vegetable Gardening and Apiculture 10 Jul 2024 06:34 #129905

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That's pretty awesome Joe!

I'm developing an interest. 

 
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Vegetable Gardening and Apiculture 09 Jul 2024 21:50 #129901

I use Joe's beeswax for cutting lubricant for drilling and milling Aluminum, it works great, and no messy cutting oil everywhere. Really works well when drilling Aluminum sheeting on a hull, I just have a big chunk of it handy and poke the drill bit into it about every other hole.
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Vegetable Gardening and Apiculture 09 Jul 2024 20:57 #129899

Robbed my bees today. I got 3 supers from a single hive, Eleanor and I extracted about 5 gallons, which is about 60 pounds. I have learned that I have to move this inventory because next year I will get more. It makes great barter material. 

Here you can see a nice frame of honey.

 

Here I am uncapping the frames. I use a hot knife to cut off the caps of the cells. 

 

Here I am spinning out the honey in a centrifuge. 

 

Draining into a bucket.

 

5 gallons of honey.

 

Here are the cappings I cut off the frames. One year I washed the honey off and made mead. It was pretty good, and powerful. I might do that again. The cappings are made from beeswax. I melt it down and make candles or lip balm. 

 

 

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Vegetable Gardening and Apiculture 04 Jul 2024 03:46 #129870

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Better than chitting cayenne peppers.

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Do you have a farm stand Dan? Or sell at a farmers market?



Excess goes to family, friends and then to a friend that grows too and has a client base and a produce stand in town on Tuesday nights.  

We are canning 19 quarts of tomatoes tomorrow and probably 19 more quarts on Saturday or Sunday. 

I'll be planting our fall crop of Yukon Gold potatoes in the next week or so. I plant whole YG potatoes Vs. cutting them up as the cultivar 'Yukon Gold' grows fewer but larger potatoes when planted whole. If cut up for seed potatoes YG produces smaller potatoes. Both methods produce about the same yield per square foot. Tennis ball size is best for planting whole. 

I'm growing 'Yukon Gem' for the first time this year. They are an improved 'Yukon Gold' cultivar and are hard to find. We will compare but likely will shift over to 'Yukon Gem' entirely for the 2025 season.

I also 'chit' potatoes before planting. That's right, I'm chitting potatoes. LOL.

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Vegetable Gardening and Apiculture 03 Jul 2024 23:33 #129867

The Queen?

 
If you are looking for the queen among hundreds or thousands of bees, you can't hunt for her. You'll never find her. You have to "see" her. 

Sometimes you will never find her or "see" her.
 
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