Usually I write on honey bees, today I have thoughts that fly in a different direction.
We hear, “How Easily we forget “, and too often it is true. We do forget things and these “forgots”, are important things, that we ought not forget. “I promise I will always remember the way you look today”, or we forget birthdays, names of old friends, promises, stories and yes even silly jokes. Today, I had a different experience, I REMEMBERED…I remembered a post I had placed on my blog, in fact, it’s one of my favorite posts. No the post was not of my work, but a celebration of another one’s work. Sitting here finishing up my work for the day I said to myself, “It’s amazing how a word or what a person does for a living can start a ‘spark’ and thrust you into remembrance. The memory may be of a book you once read, a line in a movie, an idea or even a past experience”.
You see in my line of work, I get to meet interesting people from all different walks of life. What interesting stories I get to hear! Everyone has a story, especially if they have lived long enough to “remember when”. This next sentiment is directly to the folks I had the pleasure of meeting today: Thank you for sharing your lovely home with me today, I enjoyed meeting you and your beautiful family. Here is the post that you brought to the forefront of my mind today. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to say, “How easily we Remember” . Thank you!!!!
-Santiago Wallace 12/08/2013
Here are a few of the Registrations when I was beekeeping in Florida. These are years 2008-2011, along with a letter From the Florida Department of Agriculture.
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Look at them bees they are warm, alive and well!
Bonney, Richard. “Sooo…. What’s Happening?” Bee Culture 122.4 (1994): 225-227. Print.
I’ve collected a large amount of Bee Culture and The American Bee Journal Magazines, some as far back as the 1950′s. What good are they in a box, if not to be shared and read? Lately I’ve been reading some of the old articles in these vintage magazines, and have found that they are still treasures not to be lost or forgotten.
Several of the articles found in these magazine pages contain beekeeping management skills that are still current for today’s beekeeper. I, like many other beekeepers, enjoy the writings of those beekeeping scholars and contributors to these two periodicals and there invaluable wisdom and humor. Along with germane management skills I also found within the pages of these magazines, many articles teeming with beekeeping stories and history of bee days gone by. I hope you enjoy this reading and return to hear some more of these, “Oldies but Goodies”.
I’ve included below, some photos of our children basking in the Fall yellow wildflowers currently blooming here in Northern New Mexico. The vast open fields of our neighbors are covered with them. They are a beautiful sea of yellow mixed with purple and are a sight worth sharing!
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Our Apiary is in El Rancho, New Mexico and we are glad you are here.
Today I want to bring those folks who follow my blog and who follow my YouTube videos on how our colonies are doing. And for those who have been following us you know that myself and Bob Darlington are commercial beekeepers here in New Mexico- “The land of enchantment”.
So, to re-cap from the very beginning, we installed Package bees back at the first week in April: All Spring, Summer and now into fall… we fed our bees, did our inspections, medicated for Nosema, and did all of the beekeeping management/beekeeping husbandry steps necessary to keep our hives healthy, and alive. We started out with 52 colonies and presently we are down to 50 colonies…which I am determined to overwinter successfully. The two colonies we lost just didn’t “cut the mustard” as the saying goes, so we divided up the frames that where viable to the remaining 50 colonies. Living in the desert type climate that we do, we provided commercially prepared substitute pollen patties and fed the bees almost nonstop 1:1 sugar syrup. Employing these feedings techniques along with the minor and strong nectar flows, worked out well. The queens laid many many eggs, they developed in the course of time to be adult bees and consequently the colonies turned out to be very populated. The colonies also did a good job of drawing out sufficient comb to fill a deep each and the better part of a second deep.
What is the present state of the colonies? Well, that is what the subject of this post is about. It seems that the colonies used up the thin syrup and substitute pollen patties to sustain the colonies lives in the way of growth, constant food and to ensure that the queens produced eggs continually. The colonies have excellent pollen stores, but they did not produce adequate stores of stored honey or thick syrup. We decided to feed a heavier sugar syrup, a 2:1 ratio, but the monsoon season, (The University of Arizona) hit us with a vengeance, and I was unable to place on the colonies the Jars of 2:1 sugar syrup! Plus I am a full time Registered Nurse in Los Alamos. In hindsight we should have started the 2:1 sugar to water ratio sooner….lesson learned.
To give up now, sell the bees or abandon the bees, is not my style. This is where I came up with what I have termed the, “El Rancho emergency feeding” or simply “El Rancho E-Feeding” technique, and yes I am going to take credit for it, to feed our colonies
I have seen many types of emergency and non-emergency feeding styles and though this is a combination of a several type feedings, to my knowledge I have not seen feeding employed in this specific manner.
When the cold weather arrives we are going to use another emergency type feeding “the Mountain Camp Method” The description of the Mountain Camp Method can be read online at the Parker Farms website quote, “The primary method for feeding granulated sugar is colloquially known as the ‘Mountain Camp Method’ named after a Beesource user named Mountaincamp. He didn’t invent it, but for some reason it has his name. Open the top of the hive and install a rim the shape of a box but a few inches high. I use either my Parker Shims or a section from the bottom of a deep super cut down to a medium. Next, lay some paper or paper towel down on the topbars, and then pour some sugar on the paper towel. If the bees have already clustered, that’s all you need to do. If not, you’ll want to wet the sugar a little otherwise the bees will start carrying it out as refuse”.
So, this is where writing ends and a video will be below along with a photo or two. In the video accompanying this post I read from a 1994 Bee Culture article entitled, “High Desert Honey SUCCESS STORY” -written by Julie Weinberg. It’s a story of a New Mexico beekeeping operation that was in business in 1994 in Questa, New Mexico. I mentioned in the video if anyone knows this business or knows the Edwards who owned the business: Blue Mountain Honey of Questa, to please let me know. Our email can be found on our beekeeping website. Again, thank you for visiting our blog/diary and for watching the video. I hope this feeding technique “El Rancho Emergency feeding” sustains/helps our bees, and if it does that others may benefit from what I have come up with.
Below is the video:
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“The Plan of the Master Weaver”
My life is but a weaving
Between the Lord and me,
I may not choose the colors,
He knows what they should be;
For He can view the pattern
Upon the upper side
While I can see it only
On this, the under side.
Sometimes He weaveth sorrow,
Which seemeth strange to me;
Latest video from New Mexico Bees. Enjoy and Happy Beekeeping!!
Keep them bees fed, and giving them protein
Also feeding them 1/2 gallon of 1:1 sugar syrup.
Garren enjoying the evening cool air, a nice reprieve from the NM heat!
Every three days we have to replace the empty mason jars with filled sugar water. Here is the story in video.
When I first got into beekeeping, I had that new car syndrome, “wow everybody has red cars” , not really it just seemed that way. Well I was driving, when as I stated above had just started beekeeping and saw a sign that I thought read, “BEES, BEES, BEES”, it actually read, “BEDS, BEDS, BEDS”. I was bee crazy…I guess I still am!
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