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Don't ask for jelly!

Why buy expensive robotics when you can make you own! Soon all our food and drink needs will be taken care of by safe and predictable machines.

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#robot
#robotics

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Growing the Great Pumpkin

Our modest pumpkin patch is coming along nicely. We have never had so many large pumpkins at one time in the patch. I blame the bees, and plenty of water. They have a month and a half to grow before their harvest in October. I placed the pruners on top of the "Big One" for size comparison.

Cucurbita maxima "Atlantic Giant" is the main variety we are growing, along with some Cinderella, and Pie pumpkins. The Atlantic Giants are record holders with the largest reaching to over 1 ton (907 kg). We'll see how big these get.

#pumpkins
#squash
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Bee and Broccoli

One of our worker bees decided to land on our broccoli seedling trays. I can only assume she is gathering moisture from the soil mix? Not sure why the wing fanning occurs, but I assume its just the excitement of the upcoming weekend.

Keep bees happy by supplying water for them. Might be a bird bath, pond, or simply a bucket of water. Be sure to leave rocks, or something jutting out of the water. This way bees that fall into the water will be able to climb out, and fly on.

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+Sushama Karnik thank you :)
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Your daily allowance

The US government uses 2000 calories as the amount the "average" person should consume in one day.

Behold your entire daily allowance from Chipotle or Subway. Steak burrito with white rice, black beans, corn salsa, sour cream, and guacamole, chips and guacamole. Total calories: 2,045. Subway gives you a foot-long spicy Italian sub with cheese, a 6-inch BLT flatbread with cheese, chips, oatmeal-raisin cookie. Total calories: 2,010.

This is one meal for most folks. Now multiply this by three times and you can see why we have this problem. There are other meals shown from other fast food places at the link.

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The Cuckoo Bee robs other bees!

Not all bee species "get along". Read about a parasitic bee that is no friend of the Bumble Bee. The photo shows how these bees sleep. They grab hold with their mandibles, then fall asleep
 
Stunning Photos and Education for me

A few weeks ago +John Kimbler​ volunteered to contribute to +GotScience.org​. I was fortunate to be tapped to review his outstanding macro photography. We decided to collaborate on an article starring his "cuckoo" bee photos.

As I learned while researching the subject, ~90% of bee species are solitary and most cuckoo bee species are too. The article discusses cuckoo bees that attack solitary nests and also the more complex interactions in "cuckooing" a social bee hive (bumbleebees were the ones I read the material). I certainly learned a lot preparing this article.

Please take a few minutes when you can to view +John Kimbler​'s absolutely stunning photos.


H/t +Kate Stone​, +Jess Romaine​, and +GotScience.org

Macro photography of parasitic bees: Most bees build nests, forage in flowers, care for offspring. Kleptoparasitic bees just take over other bees’ nests.
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New FDA rules concerning beekeeping
 
Starting this January beekeepers will need to hire a veterinarian if they need to apply antibiotics to their colonies. Why would beekeepers be adding antibiotics to their hives? American and European Foulbrood are two devastating diseases of bees that are treated with antibiotics as a preventative measure. If the disease is not treated the only solution for a colony affected is destruction of the colony by fire. Yes, the entire hive is set aflame (bees are killed first), as the spores of the disease can remain viable in the wood for up to 40 years! 
 
Until the new law goes into effect beekeepers can apply their own antibiotics. Once the new year arrives a veterinarian will have to be hired to inspect the hives. The problem?  Most vets have little, or no knowledge of bees, or beekeeping. It's also unclear if all the hives a particular beekeeper owns will need to be inspected. This could be quite time consuming with large beekeeping operations.
 
The new rules are designed to keep unwanted antibiotics out of our food supply. Meat, eggs, milk, etc. often contain these antibiotics, which we then consume. Honey is different however, as it's a processed food. Honeybees add enzymes to flower nectar that help convert sucrose into fructose and glucose, which is a lot different that getting milk straight from a cow. It's unclear if these antibiotics are ever present in the honey. 
 
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Beginning in January, the FDA will require honey bee colonies that need antibiotics to be treated by a veterinarian.
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Zombees!

A new threat to honeybees has emerged! Zombie Fies( Apocephalus borealis) are a species of North American parasitoid phorid fly that parasitizes bumblebees, honey bees, and paper wasps. These flies are known as zombie flies and the bees they infect are known as Zombees. The bees infected have a habit of flying at night (zombie), being attracted to light, and eventually dying.

The infected bees we're first noticed by Dr. John Hafernik in 2012, who discovered disoriented honey bees at a light at night at San Francisco State University's campus. He picked some up in a vial, forgot about them, and about a week later noticed that fly larvae had emerged from the dead bees.

It's important to track the spread of the infected honeybees accross North America. A web page "ZomBee Watch" has been started, and it's success is dependent on the participation of those who care enough to add to the data base. The Zombie Fly has just been recorded in Canada a few days ago. http://bit.ly/2blUkxG

Be sure to read the tutorial at the ZomBee watch webpage so as to learn what to watch for, and how to report your data. This is a great opportunity for collaborative research by citizen scientists. Your participation does matter.

The photograph shows a female A. borealis ovipositing eggs into the abdomen of a worker honey bee.

ZomBee Watch:
https://www.zombeewatch.org/

#bees
#zombees
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Bad news for the already struggling bees....
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Robotic Bartender

Anyone can make a great drink, but does it nod sympathetically to your tales of woe, and then dispense advice?

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+Joseph Moosman thought you would like this :)
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Mothers of Invention
 
In Marigat town in the heart of Baringo County, Kenya, beekeeping can be big business. Problem was, when the men we're sent to collect the honey, they would return with half filled buckets, and lots of stings. Seems machine made protective bee keeping equipment at Sh4,000 is out of the price range for these people. 
 
According to "Daily Nation", to get more women involved in the honey gathering they created their own honey gathering suits made out of gunny bags. “'We sell our gears at Sh700 each and hire at Sh200 per day to farmers who need. Last year we sold 20, this year we hope to surpass the number'.  Faith Lekunosok, a beekeeper, says she has used the gear severally and finds it effective. 'Save for the sweating while in it, I have not found any other drawback. But I would rather bear the heat than bee stings or lose honey to our men.'

David Palla, a bee product and standards official at State Department of Livestock, says the gunny bag bee suit is much better than cotton-made ones. 'The kit does not cause deaths to bees,' says Palla. 'Bees normally sting on cotton fabric and die but they cannot penetrate nylon.' Palla encourages use of nylon material in the manufacture of honey-harvesting gears." 
 
National Honey Council chairman Nzainga Kithuma notes beekeeping is male-dominated in the region, with men harvesting honey without gear. However, with such innovations, more women are joining the agribusiness amid growing demand for honey." 
 
The mothers of invention.

#beekeeping
#suits
#kenya
Sinyat Women Group makes bee suit for harvesting honey from gunny bags, enabling them to stop relying on their men
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+dora chiabov a ghost to the bees perhaps :)
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The Last Garden Shop

The story of a man, his son, and a small garden shop in war torn Aleppo, Syria. I have worked in the nursery business all my life, but I have never seen a plant nursery in such a place. What beauty among'st the ruins! I'm filled with pride that this man continued to grow, all the while fearing for his, and his sons life. What courage!

Unfortunately, the story does not have a happy ending.

Hopefully it will inspire those of us who still grow, and enjoy flowers and plants. Joni Mitchell had it right with her song Woodstock:
"We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
back to the garden".

Don't forsake the garden, it's where hope grows.

#war  
#syria  
#garden  
#flowers  
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Moving. Not that I needed an even greater appreciation of flowers.
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Silky

Did you know that those silks of maze and corn serve the purpose of capturing pollen that falls from the tassels? Corn and maze are wind pollinated. Imagine, each silk must have pollen fall from the tassels above, and land on it. The captured pollen grain moves down the silk to the ovule, where pollination occurs, and a single kernel develops. The process takes about 24 hours.

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ZomBees
This is an opportunity for N American beekeepers to track the spread of this new pest of bees.
 
Zombees!

A new threat to honeybees has emerged! Zombie Fies( Apocephalus borealis) are a species of North American parasitoid phorid fly that parasitizes bumblebees, honey bees, and paper wasps. These flies are known as zombie flies and the bees they infect are known as Zombees. The bees infected have a habit of flying at night (zombie), being attracted to light, and eventually dying.

The infected bees we're first noticed by Dr. John Hafernik in 2012, who discovered disoriented honey bees at a light at night at San Francisco State University's campus. He picked some up in a vial, forgot about them, and about a week later noticed that fly larvae had emerged from the dead bees.

It's important to track the spread of the infected honeybees accross North America. A web page "ZomBee Watch" has been started, and it's success is dependent on the participation of those who care enough to add to the data base. The Zombie Fly has just been recorded in Canada a few days ago. http://bit.ly/2blUkxG

Be sure to read the tutorial at the ZomBee watch webpage so as to learn what to watch for, and how to report your data. This is a great opportunity for collaborative research by citizen scientists. Your participation does matter.

The photograph shows a female A. borealis ovipositing eggs into the abdomen of a worker honey bee.

ZomBee Watch:
https://www.zombeewatch.org/

#bees
#zombees
#beekeeping
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I am a horticulturist (plantsman) by trade. Small business owner (Garden Shop). Writer (First Trade Blog 2005). Born in Southern California (Lakewood) Grew up in The Bay Area (Belmont).Went to my first concert in SF(Grateful Dead, Winterland) Live in the Sierra Nevada (Garden Valley). Wide range of interests. Camping (tent). Mountain Biking. Hiking. Kayaking. Make the best Mojito's. Dry sense of humor. Friendly. Curious. A bit shy at first. Then not so much. 

"In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order."  Carl Jung 

"Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it's a feather bed.”  
 Terrence McKenna  

 
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