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  • Honey... ah sugar sugar, you are my candy girl...

    Honey...

    It is one of the easiest sweetners to store, tastes great and has antibacterial properties.

    Bees make honey, pollinate your garden to provide a larger bounty, and give us wax and other beneficial compounds that are great for those into the S&P mindset...

    A few years back, our local county extension agent offered a "BEE SCHOOL". The idea was to get young people interested in becoming beekeepers. My wife and I jumped at the oppourtunity and as a fluke, applied to get free bees, and bee hives via a NC State Univeresity Grant. We got lucky and received 2 complete hives of bees. We had to purchase a smoker, bee suit and hive tools, but those were cheap.

    The first year we got about 40lbs of honey, last year we got 80lbs and this year 40lbs. We keep it all for our stores and are looking @ getting another hive this spring. One of the hidden benefits is that vine producing crops such as cucumbers, zucchini, squash and tomatos EXPLODE with bountiful produce. Fruit trees produce more fruit, my apple do wonderful and the blueberries are a-plenty!!!

    Anyways I though I'd share some of my pictures of beekeeping which I consider a 'homestead skill'.

    Enjoy :)



    2 3lb packages of Italian Honey Bees, ready to go to their new home...



    Getting the queen cage out of the hive and getting ready to dump the bee's into the hive!



    What bees look like when they first get into the hive. These are sprayed down with sugar water syrup so they don't fly easily until they clean it off of their bodies... They like sweet things so they are VERY happy right now...



    Smoking the bee's helps to confuse them from buzzing around you and 'calms' them.



    The bee hive with bee's installed inside and the 'package' left in front to let the others that hung onto the screen find their way into their new home. The hive was purchased but I made the crude but very strong tables for them to be elevated.



    My first two hives... Soon they will go out and forage, find nectar, pollen, and water sources. These insects are awesome!!!

    BTW my honey is ORGANIC and I use no manufactured pesticides. Only use natural techniques to keep my bee's healthy :) Unlike that Chineese crap that is full of pesticides...

    If you can't do beekeeping yourself, be sure to buy LOCALLY as it is the best honey out there. My hives get a lot of their nectar from blackberry and blueberry bushes so I think it tastes UNIQUE!

    Hope you enjoyed. Thanks for looking :)
    73

    later,
    ZA

    Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
    beat you to death with it because it is empty.

    The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.


  • #2
    Awesome picumentary, ZA...I buy from a store in DT Van Buren where the shop walls are the hive, and it is the best honey around, for sure....;)
    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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    • #3
      Thats great! Something I have been considering this Spring. With the alleged decline in bees, more should get into it.
      Last edited by voodoo; 01-11-2009, 05:20 PM.
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      • #4
        excellent.
        "Be Excellent to Each Other"

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        • #5
          that scares the crap out of me
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Diesel View Post
            that scares the crap out of me

            Be afraid ;)
            73

            later,
            ZA

            Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
            beat you to death with it because it is empty.

            The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

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            • #7
              When storing honey, I've noticed that it eventually turns very cloudy, and crystalizes. How do I prevent this from happening, and, what can I do to return it to it's original golden glory?
              "Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions." "The things you own end up owning you"-Tyler Durden

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Visinedrops View Post
                When storing honey, I've noticed that it eventually turns very cloudy, and crystalizes. How do I prevent this from happening, and, what can I do to return it to it's original golden glory?
                Warming it works for me....
                "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Visinedrops View Post
                  When storing honey, I've noticed that it eventually turns very cloudy, and crystalizes. How do I prevent this from happening, and, what can I do to return it to it's original golden glory?
                  Take the lid off the honey, and sit the jar in very hot water for 45 minutes. Brings it back to brand new.

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                  • #10
                    I want to buy a jar of your honey.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Rustyshakelford View Post
                      I want to buy a jar of your honey.
                      Hear that, ZA? Rusty wants your hunny....be afraid.....
                      "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                      "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Big_Saw View Post
                        Hear that, ZA? Rusty wants your hunny....be afraid.....
                        Hey ZA, you gonna let him make inferences about your Mrs. like that?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Visinedrops View Post
                          When storing honey, I've noticed that it eventually turns very cloudy, and crystalizes. How do I prevent this from happening, and, what can I do to return it to it's original golden glory?
                          Microwave it for a few seconds, it will return to normal consistency... basically what RS ALREADY said
                          73

                          later,
                          ZA

                          Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
                          beat you to death with it because it is empty.

                          The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

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                          • #14
                            Ha ha, I know RS don't want another woman ;)
                            73

                            later,
                            ZA

                            Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
                            beat you to death with it because it is empty.

                            The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Zombie Axe View Post
                              Ha ha, I know RS don't want another woman ;)
                              RS's definition of the most foolish man on the face of the earth.....A polygamist. Could you imagine more then one?

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