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Spoiling the girls; or, how to spend lots of money on bugs that don’t care

16th March 2008

Spoiling the girls; or, how to spend lots of money on bugs that don’t care

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I just ordered our girls some stuff for the upcoming season. Most important were the pollen-substitute patties, which help them build up the hive even when there’s not much pollen around naturally (like, now!), and an essential-oil based treatment for one of the types of mites that are a problem.

But- to order these, I had to browse the catalogs. And oh! there are so many things one could buy to enhance the work of the bees, or, more commonly, the work with the bees. We did get a couple of those, too: brackets that make it easier to pull frames from the hives and examine them; and some pellets for the smoker that promise that they are easy-to-light (a difficulty we’ve been having).

There are so very many other enticing items, though. I had to be ruthless. Utterly ruthless!

Also: I don’t know why I have yet to find a beekeeping supplier with a truly decent and effective online ordering system. I ended up calling this one in.

-Amanda

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  1. 1 On March 17th, 2008, Grandma Rosie said:

    I am getting my first bees this spring. I am so excited and a bit nervous. I have a nice new top bar hive set up and waiting. I have been reading your blog and enjoying it.

  2. 2 On March 18th, 2008, AF said:

    Bees are very, very cool! And I say this as someone with a longstanding “bug” phobia, which makes me more nervous around the girls than I ought to be. :)

    I was kinda hoping we could start a top-bar hive this year, but so far it looks impractical. Unfortunately, because I’d really love one! I hope I can hear more of your experiences and adventures with that!

    We are not at this point organic, but I’ve been reading a lot about it and we’re trying to trend in that direction. I’m very curious to see what sort of cell sizes bees draw when they have total control over the process!

    My best to you- I hope you enjoy the girls as much as we do!

    -Amanda

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