[NAFEX] nafex Digest, Vol 86, Issue 29
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Tue Mar 30 23:41:46 EDT 2010
It seems like a lot of work, and I have plenty of free (no money, no labor) pollination from bumblebees. Also, I live on a third of an acre in the suburbs, and wonder if my neighbors' yard chemicals might be bad for bees and/or the quality of the honey.
I do enjoy honey bees, though. Maybe I'll give it a try after the kids go off to college.
On Mar 27, 2010, at 5:30 PM, Tim Inman wrote:
> Why not become a beekeeper yourself?
> I'm starting into my 3d season with my own honeybees. I wish someone had
> shown me this 'hobby' decades ago. It is the most fun, the honey is
> delicious, and I just have a ball at it virtually all year long. They are
> so very very interesting. Always something to learn, a new experience, etc.
> They are SO gentle - they're not trying to find an excuse to sting. My wife
> kept her own hive for the first time last year, and she had a great time at
> it, too. I would just urge everybody with fruit or gardens or a little
> adventure in their hearts to give it a try.
> Right now is the time to start, so if you're on the fence about it, try one
> hive this year and see if you like it. Videos by Keith Delaplane started
> me. They really simplify and take you right through the first year. Go for
> Tim Inman
>> Nothing's in bloom yet in Massachusetts, but I haven't seen honey bees in
>> years. I have seen lots of bumble bees in various sizes, and I've
>> had good pollination, even of early stuff.
>> I emcourage vetch and other weeds that flower off-season from my fruit
>> crops, in the hopes that will help keep the bumblebees happy.
>> -- Ginda
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