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#1 jaded prol

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 05:31 AM

Figs are ripening. Fennel seeds are getting plump and juicy and AA is flowing.

A backyard heady with the promise for good things to come.


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 08:34 AM

All but the last few tomatoes are done, I let a lot go this year, it's a weed patch. It's hard to stick to it when I have other things going on.

Weird thing, I keep digging up wolf skulls, the first time I thought maybe it was a dog, but over the years I've dug up 6 of them, all within a few feet of each other, directly behind the house. They are very old, is all I know, in pieces, jaw bones and teeth mostly, skull sections,  I'm sure they date to before the houses. I always find artifacts in the garden too.


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Posted 16 September 2015 - 12:15 PM

Could be the pets of previous residents but only sculls? Maybe a strange local settler or indigenous wolf cult.


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 07:56 AM

Caught my first swarm of feral bees today. I had bait hives out and they caused a lot of interest, bees going in and out, measuring.

Then they started defending it by pushing some bees away and letting others in.

This morning there was no activity at all, I went in to fire up my shop and when I came out 5 minutes later there was a dark, humming cloud in my apple tree, about 20 feet from the bait and about 4 foot off the ground, soon they formed a ball about the size of a football or bigger. I set the bait hive on a barrel under it and took my bare hands and scooped the ball into the box, they were hot, like a living body, up to my elbows. In about 5 minutes they settled down and hundreds of them started fanning a lemon scent out the front door. What a thrill.

My first small hive was a Christmas present and it got robbed out and died by March, this one is big enough to defend itself, but not one sting and no veil. Very exciting, I love that buzzing sound now.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 05:08 AM

I love bees, still I'm not sure if you're brave, crazy, or a magical combination of both. Congratulations and hope the hive thrives.

 

 

Hows the Roman Chamomile coming along? I could sure use some and maybe, down the line, it'll make for good honey.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:18 AM

Bees are very gentle, especially if they know you.  A migrating swarm never attacks and bees don't sting away from home, unless you trap them.

Turned out there was about 20 pounds or more of bees, they filled a large hive, good thing is, they are local survivors, bees that know this area, and they seem to be very hygienic, a good trait, they are continually grooming each other, looking for mites or dirt, not all bees are hygienic. All in all these are better bees than I buys.

Put a bee box out, bait it with lemon grass and catch your own!

 

I have some Roman Cham for you, for the bees I have hyssop, lots of hyssop.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 10:22 AM

I'm waiting for my hawthorn tree to bloom.

There's a day or two each spring

when the whole tree begins to buzz.

 

You have to walk into its embrace

and watch as the bees feed from every side.

 

One one my favorite moments every year.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 11:30 AM

We've got a Hawthorne tree with 2 inch long thorns.

 

The hyssop honey sounds great!


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:41 AM

they seem to be very hygienic, a good trait, they are continually grooming each other, looking for mites or dirt, not all bees are hygienic. 

 

A very good trait.


shuck and jive is an important skill

 

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