Honeybees at the Entrance to the Cavity in the Paulownia Tree.

Bees Inside Trees

A Colony of Honeybees inside a Paulownia Tree, East Hendred, Oxfordshire, England.
A Colony of Honeybees inside a Paulownia Tree, East Hendred, Oxfordshire, England.

 

I was running a stall on Saturday at the WCS Cream Teas.  The host of the event got talking to me about her bees.  At the end of the event she took me to a paulownia tree and in a crevice in the base of the tree a stream of honeybees could be seen.Read More »

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Varroa Mite Control Part 3: Second Tin of Apiguard

4. Bees busy on the newly made comb. This was a surprise (although it shouldn’t have been) the bees were building comb between the crown board and the top of the frame. This was because of the gap created by the eke.

After two weeks since the first tin of apiguard was placed in the hive, it is time to put in the second tin.Read More »

Outlets for Producers: Uffington White Horse Show

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VDBKA. 2. Honey from several beekeepers was on sale. Those members who were helping man the stall could sell their honey.

The Beekeeper deserves to earn some pennies for his/her travails.  This blog focuses on one particular outlet for the producer, namely the Uffington White Horse Show which occurs annually.  This year the event took place Sunday/Monday 26/27 August 2012 and was well attended despite the weather.  I helped to man the Vale and Downland Beekeepers Association’s Stall.
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Raised Bed Construction

Cardboard place at the bottom of the raised bed.
Cardboard place at the bottom of the raised bed.

My raised beds have been a work-in-progress since July, mainly because of the delays created by the unseasonal amount of rain Wantage has received this summer.  The blog-post ‘first layer of the raised beds‘ on the ‘Growing a Homestead’ blog prompted me to finish-off the job.  This blog provided the idea of placing a base of cardboard down to suppress the weeds.  A big thank-you to Kelly McMichael for her inspiration.

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Varroa Mite Control Part 2: Applying Bee Medicine

Apiguard
Apiguard

Following-on from my earlier post,  I will now show the reader how to apply Apiguard which is a bee medicine.  Apiguard comes in the form of a can that sits on top of the brood frames.  Because of the height of the can, above 20mm an eke is required to raise the height between the brood box and the crown board.

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