1. President's report 2. Next meeting 3. Cross combing 4. Fixing CC'ing video
5. Planting for bees
6. 'My Natural Beekeeping Journey'
7. Recommended Book
8. Barrier Hive Management
9. Local Suppliers
10. For the little ones.
PRESIDENT'S MONTHLY LETTER
Well there we are, another month speeds by and we are looking forwards to our next meeting. Last month we had our first real, face to face, meeting in a long time. For your committee it was almost as if we hadn’t had a meeting since we were elected, and I, for one, felt slightly lost. Rest assured we are working to consolidate the good work carried out by the last committee and catch up on what we lost during the Covid zoom sojourn. You will notice some development in the way that we do things and hopefully you will approve – if you don’t, please say so and we’ll endeavour to accommodate your needs.
It was lovely to see everyone at the last meeting and it was a great turnout. We also had a good number of new members which was wonderful to see. We experienced a couple of issues throughout the meeting and we will endeavour to improve on that. I am keen that we develop as a club, modernising in certain areas and develop current themes. We are extremely lucky as a club in that our membership includes some brilliant instructors, mentors and committee members. We also have access to hardware from current members. We are, indeed, lucky in this way and I would say that if you have a question, it can be answered from within the club
Enjoy your bees everyone; see you at the next meeting.
SGB Meeting: Thursday MARCH 10th 7:30pm Beginner's Corner: 7:00pm
We hope to be able to cross live to David Briggs in Glenrowan for a chat about the latest innovations in queen breeding and stock improvement.
Keep your fingers crossed that the tech co-operates with it.
What is CROSS-COMBING?
How can it be fixed and prevented?
Why Does Cross Comb Happen? by Kanoe Riedel
In a perfect world inside the hives we provide them with, bees would build their comb within each frame without ever crossing onto another. But when the bees construct cross comb, it connects two or more frames in a hive. As you can guess (or perhaps, you’ve experienced yourself), this can create a mess for beekeepers.
Cross comb makes performing routine inspections challenging. You don’t want to risk tearing the comb away from either frame that shares it when you remove frames from the hive. As I mentioned earlier, cross comb is a problem exclusive to bees kept in hives. When it happens, it’s often a result of the hive environment, location, and structure.
Space is another reason bees might build comb between two frames. Bees will build comb anywhere they have enough space. If the opportunity presents itself, they might think, “Hey, why not build here?” Then they’ll construct their comb sideways instead of downward.
How we define open space is key here, because there is a precise measurement that determines where bees will build comb. The 1cm (3/8") principle (or “bee space”) suggests that bees will build comb any space bigger than 1cm. They’ll fill any space less than that with propolis. The 1cm measurement is the magic size that lets bees build comb while still moving around the hive.
Another reason bees build cross comb is gravity. If your hive isn’t on a completely level surface, bees will sometimes naturally build comb in the direction a hive might lean. Bees are little architects and will build their comb structures to be as strong as possible. Gravity can motivate them to built a curve, or outward from the frame. Leveling your hive is a crucial step to keep this from happening.
In this video Mark shows us how to sort out this 9 frame, 2 box hive with cross-combing in the top box. His excessive rattling-on can be irritating but his ideas make sense. This video is 12.29 mins
Feel like planting something new for your bees?
Click on the link below for the pdf list which gives you a season by season planting guide for bee attracting plants. There is an abbreviation beside each one denoting the category of the plant e.g. Herb, Shrub, Tree etc.
Learn about Layens hives and what Ariane did about cross-combing in her hive. There's some pics, a couple of book references and links too. The missing link to the book 'Keeping Bees with a smile' is in the article below.
KEEPING BEES with a smile Principles and Practice of Natural Beekeeping by Fedor Lazutin with Leo Sharashkin
PDF $22.75 / new society.com
Paperback 400 pg / $49.97 / fishpond.com.au
What is Hive Barrier Management?
Beekeeping Supplies - Mirboo North
Queens and Nucs for sale. Please enquire re when these are available.
Pollination services and more.
Honey, Wax Wraps/ Lip Balm plus more for sale
Contact: Peter Gatehouse: 0423 244 107