my advice would be to attend the Auckland Bee club meetings ( there is one coming up on March 9 ), they have a TBH on site and you can get a good look at it and see how things operate. IMHO as a begining beekeeper, a TBH is a lot harder to…"
"Stop feeding them pellets, well not at every meal time. Give them a variety of food choices, mine love spaggetti and it was one of the first new foods they took to as I guess the noodles look like worms. Bananas seem to have a good take up rate with…"
Tree lucerne is used by DOC as a nursery plant , much like gorse. Natives grow up through it and it does a wonderful job enriching the soil.
There are some who advise all sorts of conditions in which it won't grow, and the general…"
"All this will do is make hobby beekeepers fail to register their hives. I'll hide mine in the bush and the spread of disease and parasites will rise.
It is just a money grab to pay for a redundant inner city rail loop."
"An Oooby member, Tim, has written a wonderful series of articles about permaculture and has excellent advice and facts available as a download, here- http://www.piginthemud.com/content/comfrey.
Comfrey is a must in any garden, just don't let…"
"We had bees that distance and they were fine but sometimes they got caught in my hair. I never got stung but now have made a bit more room for their flight path. They drop down as they are coming into land. Ideally you need a few more metres from…"
"" build their own comb (thus avoiding the problem of larger cells on pre-made foundation facilitating mite development) "
Some bee keepers use frames designed to encourage bees to build the larger, drone, cells. As the drone has a longer…"
"Little long on the self promotion but the meat of the article was good.
I set out to be a "natural" bee keeper, built a beautiful Warre hive, then abandoned the idea of TBHs. In my opinion there is so much to learn about keeping bees that…"
"Hay is not the same as straw.
Hay is mown grass where straw is a bi-product of wheat or barley harvesting. If there are weeds amongst a straw bale I would hazard a guess that the proportion would be extremely low < 1%.
Barley straw is a fantastic…"
"I am not familiar with the system of mixing dirt and sawdust, the chickens will do that themselves if there is dirt under the sawdust. I've kept chickens for 12 years and use untreated sawdust in my run. A deep layer, 10cm or more, should last…"
"Newspaper ink is almost entirely soy-based, and non-toxic also newsprint is not bleached so is quite safe to compost or add to a worm farm.
Also, corrugated cartons are made with starch glues, from plant starch like Corn and Potato. They are 100%…"
"Having a nice high nitrogen starter is always a bonus. Chicken manure is the best although any manure will do, I shy away from horse doo though as it contains weed seeds and if you don't get your pile up to a high enough temperature they…"
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Have pulled almost everything out, need to get a really good layer of compost in to replenish my soil. Planted lots of greens for winter which will keep my chooks happy.
After 2 years finally got round to fixing a broken pane in my glasshouse !
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Thanks for your feedback on my Comfrey journal entry Gary. It's great to see people getting some value out of them ! I'm thinking of including a comments/blog capability on the piginthemud website. If I do would it be ok if I pasted your comments in there ? No worries if you're not.. Cheers tim