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First Split

Over the spring we noticed that our first ever hive, dubbed the very original name of 'Hive 1' was getting very full. As in VERY full. Even on the 'cooler days' there were bees all over the front of the hive, and at 2 full depth supers already on the brood box there was no way we were going to repeat the lunacy our first summer and go to 3 supers! As novice beekeepers we made the mistake of supering up, but failed to harvest at the same time, which lead to the problem of a huge summer hive with no space. Having read in the books about this magical solution, we added another super, then another... You get the...

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Collecting a Swarm - we know what we are doing...

TC got a call from a work colleague this afternoon - 'mate, you know something about bees, right? My friend has a hive in a tree, what should he do?' 'Why, call the crazy-bee-lady, of course!' We raced out to John Guilfoyle Beekeeping Supplies on the chance we may be going to get our first swarm...and told not to fall off the ladder when we do it! Heading off with a new super, bottom board and lid, we braved peak-hour traffic toward the suburb we may be required to be! While TC drove, I googled 'tips to collecting bee swarms'! Ten minutes later, I get a call from Mr L who says that he has a bee swarm in the...

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Going to school

A few weeks back, I was helping in T2's schoolroom, looking at the lovely pot plants on a desk in the corner of the classroom. The class is studying plants and animals at the moment; a desk with some pot plants and a 'vets' corner for the soft toy dogs, cats and rabbits. T2 was very proud to lend the class her 'vets/doctors' kit - vet for soft toys, doctors for Mummy and Daddy. Anyway, I noticed that the big planter box they have in their outdoor area was only growing weeds and I decided that the kids needed to have a lesson in growing plants for real! After discussing the the teacher - who thought the idea was great...

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