Mike Barkley

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After a long career electro-geeking for R&D labs in the electronic industry Mike has checked out of the rat race & moved to the woods. Not entirely off grid but trying to achieve that goal. He raises a few animals & enjoys growing healthy food in various gardens. He is a life long nature lover, adventure seeker, & to a certain extent a minimalist. Eventually bears will probably eat him & turn him into compost. He is ok with that.
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1 week ago
Bees communicate mostly via pheromones. Whether or not they will entice carpenter bees out of their existing home is above my beekeeper pay grade.

I do know firsthand that carpenter bees will literally destroy existing structures. The carpenter bee traps work well but it results in bee death from starvation if you don't relocate them daily.
2 weeks ago
That is a very interesting concept. I imagine it helps the farmers with crop pollination too. A win win siuation.  In my opinion the video was long winded & took too long to get to the point. It was worth watching though. It did say 100 bees per like on you tube. Not a hive per like. Big difference!!!

3 weeks ago
I completely disapprove of both snow & evil. This former ninja wishes the entire world would follow Paul's rule ... be nice. It's really that simple.

1 month ago
Started listening to trumpet music then it evolved into this ...



2 months ago
Grace's voice still gets to me even after all these years. She digs deep down for that unique sound. What's not to like about morning maniac music? Might as well get started at midnight!

2 months ago
That really is an excellent book. Here's a link to the book review on permies.
2 months ago
A more recent version...

2 months ago
Yes indeed. I think you will find that honey sells itself.

Here's a great video about overwintering bees.

3 months ago