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Evening Classes in the Scottish Borders
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Evening Classes in the Scottish Borders

As part of the Winter evening class program the Scottish Borders Council is offering a Beekeeping Class starting January 2018 for 8 weeks. Scottish Borders Council will be offering another set of Evening Classes in Beekeeping¬†commencing in January. For more information contact the college.   Also, Borders Beekeeping Assoc is running a four Sundays Beginners…

Setting up a new colony
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Setting up a new colony

Up here in the Scottish borders it is in my view too late to be setting up a new colony especially if you are thinking of getting a queen started from scratch. Hard as it may be it is now better to wait until spring and eight buy a nucleus colony that some one else…

A heads up
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A heads up

Now the active season has truly begun there are a few items you should have to hand.   On average you need three supers per colony, one to clear the other two into and to hold the bees while you extract the honey. Spare frames and wax for same, not to mention nails and a…

Going to the Heather
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Going to the Heather

Over and over the old chestnut of the Glorious 12th as the starting date appears in print. If you want a heather crop it pays, literally to be on your moor by the third week in July. I attended one Aberdeen and District honey show where the “worthies” were moaning about the failure of the…

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Over wintered Nucs

It’s been a late start this season and as of today’s date I consider it three weeks later than 2014.¬†   My over wintered nucs are in two camps, the very ordinary and the romping ahead camp. The temptation is to borrow from the good to boost the poor but no I am resisting. The…

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Finally and Honey bound

The weather changed and I have been busy today.   How are they? Curates egg all in all, one is excellent and some are average and the rest are pretty poor, the long cold spell has taken it’s toll, but that I expected.¬†   The excellent one was on 8 frames of brood. Yes, 8…