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Archive for July, 2010

Catching Varroa mites

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 22, 2010

Varroa mites, if left unchecked, will eventually lead to the demise of a honeybee colony. This hive bottom board allows mites to fall through the screen onto a “sticky board” which slides out for inspection and cleaning. The sticky board is coated with oil so the mites can’t crawl back up to the bees. Built here at the farm this board is ready for testing!

Hive bottom board

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Blueberry ripeness – July 19,2010

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 19, 2010

Draper blueberries

Pictured above is the Draper variety of blueberry. Years of plant breeding starting with the Duke variety have led to this new cultivar. Several years ago when the plants were first offered on the market we bought some for our farm and now is the first year they are in production.

Drapers tend to be a little larger than Dukes but the same pop you hear when you bite into a Duke tells you this is the same kind of firm berry that stays fresh in your fridge for weeks.

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Guest photographer visits the farm

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 14, 2010

Bees on Anise hyssop and Fireweed – by Josh

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Bees drinking water

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 14, 2010

drinking pool deck water

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Ilex Verticillata (a deciduous holly)

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 13, 2010

Over an acre of Ilex Verticillata is located less than a kilometre from our apiary. Bees go from flower to flower seeking nectar during the concentrated flowering of this popular nectar source. 

holly blossoms

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Blueberry ripeness July 9,2010

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 9, 2010

Duke is that great fresh market berry – the berry with the crunch when you eat it. Dukes will last in the fridge for several weeks. They also freeze well. They look almost like fresh when thawed.

In a few days these berries will be ready for first pick.

Dukes

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Licorice Mint (Anise Hyssop)

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 9, 2010

A distinctive yellow bumblebee visits the Licorice Mint flowers. This plant meets many of the requirements of an ideal plant for bees. It will blossom from now right through to fall frosts. It is a favorite of bumblebees and honeybees. It produces above average amounts of nectar. For sure we will gather seeds from this year to expand our planting for next year.

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Hummingbird nests

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 2, 2010

Hummingbird nests are hard to find as you can tell from the picture on the left. This one is in an oak tree. We don’t usually expect to find young in a nest this late in the season.

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Fireweed

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 2, 2010

A small wild bee enjoys a visit to a fireweed blossom.

Wild bee & fireweed

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