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My first harvest (honey honey everywhere)

My first harvest (honey honey everywhere)

    I work from home on Friday’s.   So this Friday I decided after much contemplation, research, panic, and inspection I decided to harvest my first honey from the Flow Hive and my bees.    Essentially I am robbing the bees of their food.   🙁 There is a 3 day heat wave here, – getting up into late 30’s near 40.   Insanely hot.    My first concern is for my bees so I decided to trial a…

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Bees are good, moths are bad.

Bees are good, moths are bad.

Last week I did an inspection.    After putting the super on – I wanted to see if everything was ok. I’ve read that it’s not uncommon that a new beekeeper will not get honey in their first season.    So patience is essential.  Given it was January 2016 (southern hemisphere) when I received  my nuc – I’m still not sure if I have done one complete season or just a kind of half season. I’m now into the second…

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The Black Ants

The Black Ants

Ants.  I really don’t like them very much.  Particularly when there is a stream of them making their way up the concrete blocks, the base board, onto the hive and up into the roof.    I had noticed them for a little while when it occurred to me – and hopefully not too late – that perhaps they were causing more damage than I realised. As you go through life  it’s just something you see – streams of ants in the…

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My bees arrived today

My bees arrived today

Well my wonderful mentor from Orange, NSW has come and gone, and now I am officially a beekeeper. The excitement preceding his arrival was almost unbearable.   He arrived with the five frame nuc, some wax foundation and bit and pieces of tools to help me. We set about inspecting my property around the house – a modest yard with a few options – in the end we found the perfect spot against a north facing wall that will get sun…

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