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Old 09-20-2014, 06:06 PM   #11
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nj had a program for that a number of years back. they planted wildflowers all along the nj turnpike and the garden state parkway.

the turnpike and parkway authority boneheads ended up mowing most of them down when they were cutting the grass on the medians.

i love to show the neighborhood kids how not to be afraid of most bees. the kids are amazed when i show them that you can actually pet a bee when it's busy with its head buried in a flower.

i've always wanted an apiary, but dw is severely allergic to bee stings.
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:13 PM   #12
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Bees and Colony Collapse Disorder

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nj had a program for that a number of years back. they planted wildflowers all along the nj turnpike and the garden state parkway.

the turnpike and parkway authority boneheads ended up mowing most of them down when they were cutting the grass on the medians.

i love to show the neighborhood kids how not to be afraid of most bees. the kids are amazed when i show them that you can actually pet a bee when it's busy with its head buried in a flower.

i've always wanted an apiary, but dw is severely allergic to bee stings.

When I was taking, and later teaching, swimming lessons in Ontario, we ran barefoot across a big meadow to get to the lake. The whole field was alive with clover and bees. They always stung the heck out of everyone's feet, but it was expected. No way we were gonna wear shoes!
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Old 09-21-2014, 08:17 AM   #13
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Do you bring in the bees or are they wild ones?

I am going to assume they are wild. I know almost everyone that farms a good 10 mile radious all around us and I have never seen any hives or heard of anyone that has any. We did not bring them in. I would like to bring some in. I love honey.
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I don't know if this is true, but I have heard that CCD has not been affecting wild bees to nearly the same extent as the domestic ones.
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