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Pop Quiz: can you identify this flower?

pawpaw2 Have we mentioned our love of native plants at Fall Creek Gardens? Choosing plants that have evolved here in our region is beneficial for both our garden and for our local ecosystem.  Not only do they attract beneficial insects and pollinators to our garden crops, but they also require far less care and maintenance, and […]

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About Bees – Introducing Queens

QueenMarking 2 by Max Westby Next to Queen Rearing, I have given more time and study to the Subject of Queen Introduction than to any other branch of beekeeping. From the letters I received, I found that so many queens were lost in introduction, it was a wonder that any one had courage to buy queens only to lose so […]

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About Bees – Spreading Brood

Bee Brood picture by Alan My advice concerning spreading brood is—“Don’t!” Many beekeepers in the past have attempted to make the queen lay more eggs by inserting empty combs, in the middle of the brood nest. I  have done considerable experimenting along this line and in every case the result has been a decrease in brood rearing instead of an […]

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Feeding Weak Bee Colonies

Ball of Bees When a weak bee colony is found short of stores early in the spring, a good method of feeding is to take empty combs, place them in a tub and pour into them sugar syrup, made about two parts water to one of sugar. A thicker syrup does not go into the comb so readily. […]

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Spring Hive Management

Bees by Alan Taylor Let us first consider “Spring Hive Management,” most of which should be done in the “Fall”. Especially is this true of feeding. Many beekeepers, when they find their bees a little light in stores in the Fall, make a great mistake by thinking the bees have enough to last thro the winter and can be […]

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About Bees

About Bees Our next batch of articles will highlight the work of the great beekeeper Jay Smith. Jay was a master beekeeper in Vincennes Indiana who wrote About Bees. Last year I acquired an original copy of Jay’s 1926 booklet, About Bees. I also acquired a personal letter from Jay to one of his many loyal customers. Throughout the […]

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Preservation at the Crossroads

IMA Robert Indiana LOVE Sculpture Indiana Landmarks will roll out the red carpet for our friends in preservation when the National Preservation Conference comes to Indianapolis, Oct 29 – Nov 2, 2013! Count on inspiring educational and field sessions mixed with entertainment and fun in a walkable, historic downtown packed with hot restaurants and cools shops.      

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