May 30 – Here is how the garden looks. We’ve survived 7 inches of rain and a flood so far.
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Spring is a busy time for beekeepers, especially if you have a garden as well. I may not be a great gardener, but I do keep a garden, and this year I’m trying to expand and use less water too.
I’ve got a few volunteer plants coming up that I want to keep. One is a pecan tree next to my rain barrels, I’m going to have to transplant this one farther from the house.
I’ve put in grapevines again, 2 Flame Seedless and one Concord.
I’ve put in drip irrigation but converted the emitters to go into deep pipe irrigation. So I really have deep pipe, but with controlled 1/4″ feed tubing.
Deep pipe irrigation is the most water efficient means of irrigation as tested by several universities. It is even more efficient than roman ceramic pot irrigation.
A fellow beek from Poland read my swarm trapping book and built a trap. It caught bees, but under it. I’ve seen this happen before. I’m interested in seeing if we, as a beekeepers, can figure out the common denominator of why.
I’m looking to see if there is a trend. In his photo, and from his video I see a undersized hole and a huge swarm.
If anyone else has caught a underslung swarm, please comment below with the:
- How large was your entrance hole? (i.e. 1″ diameter)
- How large was the swarm? (ie. small/medium/big/huge/it-carried-off-the-trap)
- How big was the trap? (about 6 frame / 8-frame / 10-frame (langstroth)
thanks! Doing my part to save the world, as we all should.
So I’ve been wanting to put out some T-shirts that help promote beekeepers in our society. You know – cool shirts beeks would love to where. The problem is, I’m just an engineer and my aesthetic aptitude scores show I’m in the bottom 2% of the nation. I mean hey, you’ve seen the shirts I wear in the videos. Nuff said.
So I want to try to tap into my audience. I’m looking for any artist out there who’s got really cool ideas for a Beekeeping shirt. I think I’m going to make a contest. Get artists to put forward their shirt designs and let my YouTube audience decide the top designs. Then I’ll submit the designs to my Printfection store for folks to get their cool Beek shirts. ( I chose Printfection over Cafe Press solely on quality reviews)
Any comments on this plan?
oh and the current Printfection account for the shirts is here – http://www.printfection.com/learningbeekeeping
“One swarm covered the side-view mirror of a Volvo station wagon in a lot by the Hudson River, trapping a family of three inside. Another humming cluster the size of a watermelon bent a tree branch in front of a Chase Bank on the Lower East Side, attracting a crowd of gasping onlookers. And for several hours, thousands of bees carpeted a two-foot-tall red standpipe on the patio of a South Street Seaport restaurant, sending would-be outdoor diners elsewhere. “
ForestConnect Webinar Series
How Honeybees Choose a Forest Home
Thomas Seeley, Cornell University
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
May 16, 2012 (my mt – Hey! I don’t know the exact time, I think you have to register first!)
Early Alert – register here (
http://www2.dnr.cornell.edu/ext/forestconnect/web.htm )if you haven’t
How Honeybees Choose a Forest Home. In the late spring and early
summer, when a honeybee colony becomes overcrowded in its hive, it will
cast a swarm. When this happens, about a third of the worker bees stay
at home and rear a new queen, thereby perpetuating the mother colony,
while the other two-thirds of the workforce a crowd of some ten
thousand rushes off with the old queen to set up a daughter colony.
The migrating bees travel only about 100 feet before coalescing into a
beardlike cluster hanging from a tree branch. Here they will remain
bivouacked for a few days. During this time, several hundred of its
oldest bees will spring into action as nest-site scouts, explore about
30 square miles of the surrounding landscape for potential nesting
cavities in trees and buildings, locate a dozen or more possibilities,
and democratically select a favorite for their new dwelling place. We
will see how can a bunch of tiny-brained bees, hanging from a tree
branch, can make such a complex decision and can make it well. Presented
by Dr. Tom Seeley, Cornell University Department of Neurobiology and
This webinar has been approved for 1.0 credits of Society of American
Foresters CFE category 2.
Once registered, you will receive connection details the Tuesday before
I’ve heard reports of the first swarm of 2012 on Feb 29. I think our season is 2 week ahead of our normal schedule here in Texas. So if you are going to be swarm trapping, you should put your traps out 1-2 weeks before your first known swarm. For Texas, that date just got moved up to about Feb 20 for next year.
The bloom is already out in the Texas Hill Country. I saw Henbit, and wild Mustard in late January. Irises blooming in February and mayflies out in late February, so it looks like a weird Spring. Right now my bees are bringing in plenty of pollen and aren’t eating much pollen patties. Pollen is yellow and a little bright red. (no idea). Mountain Laurel and dandelion is being worked.
I’ve already seen Bluebonnets out and our major honeyflow plant, Indian Blanket, shows up after Bluebonnets. So that may show early and stay a while.