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cab



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:34 pm    Post subject: Bees? I could be persuaded either way...  Reply with quote    

Turns out that there is a bloke on our allotments with bees, and that there IS wiggle room on that for allotment holders on our site...

So, I'm tempted. I think bees are great, I love honey, but I'd have a lot to learn. I no longer have a near infinite supply of honey, as the local honey plant closed down and the bloke who used to stick a bucket under the machine for me as it was draining between batches now works elsewhere

Do I do it? Or don't I?

Chez



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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes. Why are you even asking?

But. Four hives will take up one afternoon a fortnight in the summer, on average. So, divide (or multiply) by your desired number. We are really pushed for the time to keep on top of ours at the moment. I am continuously waking up in the night in a cold sweat, picturing them swarming in to Mochyn's polytunnel

cab



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Its the swarming thing that worries me you see. I'm nervous of going down to the plot and finding the octagenarian who has the next plot up, all covered in bees.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Go for it. Why not consider something like top bar hives if you fancy a different sort of challenge with a slightly different end product.

mochyn



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
... I am continuously waking up in the night in a cold sweat, picturing them swarming in to Mochyn's polytunnel


You had to say that, didn't you?

Now I won't sleep until winter.

cab



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
Go for it. Why not consider something like top bar hives if you fancy a different sort of challenge with a slightly different end product.


Hmmm...

Clearly I'm going to have to re-read all of our beekeeping stuff here on Downsizer and think about all of this anew.

When is the best time of year to start with bees?

Chez



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, I can see how that would be a disincentive.

If you manage them properly, you will probably avoid most swarming situations, though. Time is the thing - checking them regularly and all that stuff. Our Swarming Hell last year was simply because we didn't keep on top of them because of the Surprise Pregnancy Thing.

Read this, too. And that will be all your swarming nightmares complete and you can concentrate on the positives .

Chez



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mochyn wrote:
Chez wrote:
... I am continuously waking up in the night in a cold sweat, picturing them swarming in to Mochyn's polytunnel


You had to say that, didn't you?

Now I won't sleep until winter.


Sorry . Arvo's here on Wednesday. If we're not Somerset-bound, we'll come over.

hedgehogpie



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's a no brainer. You already have access to someone on the alloment with bees, there's room, and you're an intelligent person who's perfectly capable of learning the ropes as you go along. Go for it!

mochyn



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And contact your local BKA.

mochyn



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
mochyn wrote:
Chez wrote:
... I am continuously waking up in the night in a cold sweat, picturing them swarming in to Mochyn's polytunnel


You had to say that, didn't you?

Now I won't sleep until winter.


Sorry . Arvo's here on Wednesday. If we're not Somerset-bound, we'll come over.


I'll look forward to that. You can meet the new livestock.

cab



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hedgehogpie wrote:
It's a no brainer. You already have access to someone on the alloment with bees, there's room, and you're an intelligent person who's perfectly capable of learning the ropes as you go along. Go for it!


Dagnammit, you would appeal to my common sense and self interest in such a rational and sensible fashion. I really do have to look into it VERY closely now

I'll try to find the bloke who has bees ASAP, see what he has to say on the subject. A local contact like that would be essential, and the local beekeepers association are well thought of Mochyn, so I'll give them a tinkle when I've talked to the allotment committee (they're here, if anyone is interested: http://www.cbka.org.uk/ )

Chez



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Definitely, the local association thing. Go along and make friends even before you finally decide.

RichardW



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you want to be put off them ask tim / VSS about his bees.

Richard

mochyn



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 08 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

RichardW wrote:
If you want to be put off them ask tim / VSS about his bees.

Richard


Noooooooooo..........

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