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Old 10-30-2014, 12:35 PM   #11
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There are a couple of clubs in our area. Efrain, you might consider checking to see if there's one near you. You could contact them and arrange to visit someone's hive so you can see for yourself and ask questions.
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Old 10-30-2014, 12:56 PM   #12
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My childhood memory of a bee hive is to go down to the cranberry bog, go over to the hive, pull out a board, shake off the bees, (they go back inside) peel back the wax , then pop a handful of raw cranberries into my mouth, and suck out the honey from the wax. Best snack in the world. I got my fill of honey as a child and today won't even go near the stuff. I know. I am missing out on a lot. But I would rather live with the memory than repeat it.
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Old 10-30-2014, 03:06 PM   #13
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I went to the allergist last week. I've outgrown my bee/wasp allergy! I am now trying to track down a source for everything for next spring.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:16 PM   #14
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Bees!!!!

You just keep them all to yourself.

I like honey but I'm more then happy to buy mine from someone who can deal with bees.


GA Home Cook, There is something better then a peanut butter and honey sandwich.

And that's a peanut butter, honey and banana sandwich.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:34 PM   #15
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I went to the allergist last week. I've outgrown my bee/wasp allergy! I am now trying to track down a source for everything for next spring.
Yay! We've been thinking about doing that, too. One of the master gardeners is a beekeeper; he sells honey and wax at the farmers market.
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I went to the allergist last week. I've outgrown my bee/wasp allergy! I am now trying to track down a source for everything for next spring.
That is a major milestone!
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Old 10-31-2014, 12:45 PM   #17
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There is a local " Bee Keepers Club" here, and each year they offer classes to learn the basics on Bee Keeping. Ive always wanted to take it, and starting next February my son and I will take it together. Im looking forward to it. Ive always found it fascinating.
Do it. I've learned a couple of useful things. One is that beekeepers, like people in a lot of activities, individually will profess particular things as fact that either may not be so important or that are necessarily true for everyone. Let the bees be your guide for a lot of it. And relax. They've been doing what they do for a very long time, and given a reasonable chance, they'll do fine.

I like top-bar hives, Kenyan and Tanzanian types. They're not a big a honey producers, but I think they're a more natural environment for the bees, being very like the hollow logs that they emulate. Plus, they're easier, I think, to work with. Plus, they lend themselves well to installing a window down the side with a cover you can fold down and see what'a happening inside without disturbing the bees. That's a big plus for me. A lot of the conventional keepers sneer at them, but read up on the Web and see what you think.

I also chose bees from a supplier where they had been bred by neglect to be naturally resistant to pest and disease. They began with English Buckfast bees (Buckfast Abbey) and left them alone. Many, many colonies died, but the survivors need little care. I never medicate or treat. I just make sure the area under the hive is a bad environment for their pests.

You'll pretty quickly discover the normal temperment of your bees. I never have to wear any protection. But I also avoid messing with them if it's not a bright, sunny day. They all get angry when disturbed on an overcast day. It's very nice to be able to work with them without all the suit, veil, gloves, etc.

I'll put in a second hive in the spring, to give me a bit more honey.
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Good local honey in North GA sells between $12-20 a quart. We go through about 8 quarts a year. Nothing better than a peanut butter and honey sandwich.
I have never heard of a peanut butter and honey sandwich. Is this a GA specific meal, or just something that your family eats? I am from southern MA and this is definitely not a common meal here; if it is I guess I am out of the loop!
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Peanut Butter and Honey, Honey and Butter...sandwiches that were popular when I was a kid.
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They have been around for eons. Delish! You should try it. I used to eat them all the time as a kid.
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