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Bee News / Re: Pollution from an ethanol plant killing research hives in Nebraska
« Last post by Bakersdozen on January 24, 2021, 11:09:21 am »
I tell people all the time that Mother Earth is going to reach a point where humanity is no longer welcome.

Well said, Les.

I stopped at the local garden center yesterday to pick up some milkweed seeds.  There were no other customers and there a bored young man behind the register.  He started the conversation but I ended it!  I am one to never pass up an opportunity to enlighten my fellow man on the lack of forage for pollinators.
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Bee News / Re: Pollution from an ethanol plant killing research hives in Nebraska
« Last post by Les on January 23, 2021, 08:30:31 am »
Mother Nature sure is taking a beating from our handiwork.  I tell people all the time that Mother Earth is going to reach a point where humanity is no longer welcome.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Last post by yukonjeff on January 22, 2021, 04:21:30 am »
I warm the jar of syrup every day, they will take some until it cools too much. Or they wont if they are in cluster. ie too cold.

Well we have warmer weather, I popped the top on one and checked the grass, It was a bit damp on the edges but nice and dry when I dug down to the feed jar hole. I could see down and saw the sugar brick with bees walking around on top, so I didn't put the feed jar on. I am waiting to see bees instead of the sugar brick then I will feed.

 

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Preserving Food / Re: dry canning grains?
« Last post by Grandma Bear on January 21, 2021, 09:54:32 am »
Thank you! Y'all are the bestest   :yes:

My oldest son is getting me some tiny scooter type stands for the buckets to sit on, so all I will need to do from now on is roll them out by the handles. This getting older thing ain't for sissies I'm telling ya. Some of y'all said I'm young at 50....well, this 50 year old mom of 5 and grandma bear to 11, has raised 22 children, was a firefighter for a decade, worked as a roofer from 13-19, worked on farms with kids in tow from 21-25, and took wonderful care of everyone BUT myself FEELS DEEPLY every second of all of those wonderful years  :laugh:

I'm still going...just slower and now it hurts  8)
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Preserving Food / dry canning grains?
« Last post by Zweefer on January 21, 2021, 08:54:23 am »
I store my grains in 5 gal pails with screw top lids... you can buy them at any hardware store... saves on the headache of prying the lid.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Bucket-Companion-5-gal-and-3-gal-Screw-Top-Bucket-Lid-in-Black-LD5GRLBK006/303808738

https://www.menards.com/main/housewares/cleaning-supplies/brushes/the-gamma-seal-reg-lid/4122p/p-1527143413204.htm

https://www.amazon.com/5-gallon-bucket-twist-lid/s?k=5+gallon+bucket+twist+lid

Don’t know what to tell you on the weight however....


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General Beekeeping / Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Last post by Zweefer on January 21, 2021, 08:26:08 am »
Glad to hear things are going well! 
The feed jar - will they take it? As I understand it bees will not take feed below 55F... ow in your experience, so they take it so fast it is gone before it can cool?


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General Beekeeping / Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Last post by yukonjeff on January 21, 2021, 02:18:48 am »
No sorry I didn't but the snow is about knee deep on the level ground. The snow on top has melted down and blow away some.

And no I didn't dig the snow away from the entrance. They keep a small cave melted in front of it, but the moisture should be going up into my quilt box if its working properly. Three inch hole in the inner cover to vent moisture up into the grass.

Our weather is warming up to 33 f tomorrow I am tempted to pop the top and change the grass and peek down the hole and see how the sugar brick is doing and maybe put a feed jar on for a day.
 
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Preserving Food / Re: dry canning grains?
« Last post by Bakersdozen on January 20, 2021, 10:50:37 am »
I have never dry canned and never heard of it.  I did find this. https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/safefood/2020/06/09/say-no-to-dry-canning/
This article offers two alternatives.  My first thoughts went to vacuum sealing.  Vacuum sealers and the appropriate bags can be expensive.  I have known people that swear by them. I guess in the long run it would pay for itself.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Last post by Bakersdozen on January 20, 2021, 10:43:43 am »
Wow!  Did you measure that stack of snow on top? I'm curious.
I am also wondering if you dig the snow away from the entrance so that air can flow and reduce the condensation inside?
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Preserving Food / dry canning grains?
« Last post by Grandma Bear on January 20, 2021, 09:32:13 am »
I'm sick of keeping our grains in 5 gallon buckets...my fingers are wrists are tired of wrestling lids and my back no longer loves me when I wrestle the filled buckets out from under the stairwell. Someone told me to dry can our grains instead but I'm struggling to find information on the proper processes. Doesn't it overdry the grains?
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