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Old 07-22-2014, 03:41 PM   #41
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Hey, C-Dub! I have a hive on my place. I wanted pollinators, not honey (I don't really care for honey) so I asked at the local beekeepers club, and I had lots of offers! My beekeeper lives in town, and can't keep bees at her house. She says she will give me beeswax, which I do use sometimes.

I had more cucumbers this year than ever--the bees just loved the blossoms, and another beekeeper told me that the bees keep the squash bugs away.
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:45 AM   #42
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I'll investigate that. Did you get the hive in the spring? I guess I missed the boat for this year...

A friend of mine kept sheep for the summer on loan...in exchange for the fleece.

Our cukes haven't really taken off, but I could send you BEANS, BEANS, and more BEANS!
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:47 AM   #43
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I came across this yesterday - thought you might find it interesting. There are a couple of book recommendations for hive owners, too: The Secret Lives of Honeybees: How Honey Gets Made | Serious Eats
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:25 AM   #44
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I'll investigate that. Did you get the hive in the spring? I guess I missed the boat for this year...

A friend of mine kept sheep for the summer on loan...in exchange for the fleece.

Our cukes haven't really taken off, but I could send you BEANS, BEANS, and more BEANS!
I have always been fascinated with spinning wool from fleece. But then I don't have a spinning wheel.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:35 AM   #45
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I have always been fascinated with spinning wool from fleece. But then I don't have a spinning wheel.
Spinning is very relaxing...I have several wheels (and drop spindles). I usually spin in the winter...
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I came across this yesterday - thought you might find it interesting. There are a couple of book recommendations for hive owners, too: The Secret Lives of Honeybees: How Honey Gets Made | Serious Eats
Good read. Thanks for the link. Now I'm wondering about bumblebees, since I know they live in much smaller hives, but do produce some honey.
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