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zone 7? 8?: woodland, washington and portland, oregon. grower, builder, beekeeper, engineer.
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elle sagenev wrote:Will they move in?

short answer: no.

somewhat longer answer: maybe, but it will be a lot of work. they're never going to just give up their hive in the tree and move into your box. that's especially true if there's honey in it. honey is just not helpful in a bait hive.

there are two ways to get bees into your box from the tree hive. the first is if they swarm and the swarm likes your box. that still leaves a colony in the tree hive. the other option is a trap-out. trap-outs range from very slow and difficult to impossibly difficult.
13 hours ago

Mike Barkley wrote: Bees like the dark.

it would be easy to put a hive body and lid over those jars, so the darkness issue seems like an easy one to solve.
1 week ago
observation windows are fun, but have limited utility for hive management in my experience. that's mostly because you just can't see very far into a crowd of bees, so you can tell more by hefting a hive and observing entrance behavior than you can by peeking in a window. windows also complicate construction somewhat (or increase price if you're buying) and present some thermodynamic drawbacks, but neither of those are really bad enough that I would try to talk you out of it.

have fun. bees are a hoot.
2 weeks ago
I don't think the mold caused the colony to die. instead, I think the death of the colony caused the mold.
3 weeks ago
I've never had chestnut honey. I've seen it for sale at fairly exorbitant prices, though, so maybe it's real good.
1 month ago
I see bees on chestnut flowers every year. where I'm at, there are a lot of blackberries flowering at the same time, so it isn't lack of forage that leads the bees to the chestnuts. my guess is they're after the pollen, which chestnuts produce prodigiously.
1 month ago
I've got a line on some free IBC totes that I want to use for rainwater and greywater projects. only trouble is that they held water-based drywall primer and there's some residue left in them.

so my question is how to clean them. it should be relatively easy to rinse the primer out, but I don't know what to do with all that wash water. typical advice is to let paint dry then put it in the garbage, but I don't think that will work in this case. I could open the totes up and let the primer dry, but I don't know how I would get it out after that.

so, any ideas?
1 month ago
I don't know, Stuart. in a city, especially one that's dense and human-scaled like NYC, I don't think there's any reason the able-bodied shouldn't just walk or ride a bike. I don't think personal automobiles belong in cities no matter how they're powered.
1 month ago

Eric Hanson wrote:Actually I have heard of that as well but in the context of reviving the Aral Sea.  In my personal opinion, the destruction of the Aral Sea is the single greatest environmental crime ever.

as an engineering problem, it wouldn't be terribly difficult to reverse that destruction, at least the hydrologic part of it: tear out all the water diversions on the Amu Darya and Syr Darya. that would still leave a whole lot of pollution to deal with. of course, the actual issue isn't engineering. it's politics.
1 month ago
the Soviet Union considered a similar idea for rivers that drain into the arctic from that continent. talked to an oceanographer about it who figured it could have drastically disrupted global thermo-haline circulation and therefore weather patterns worldwide.
1 month ago