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Supercedure cells

Secret_Gardener/ April 18, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

After the beesplosion it seems that our little colony went from mere play cups to full on queen cells with eggs and royal jelly. This being a sign that swarming was imminent (probably only stayed that long because of the bad weather) we started getting ourselves ready to perform an artificial swarm. An artificial swarm being a controlled swarm where

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Secret_Gardener/ March 28, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

This season is incredibly different from last year: it appears the colony is thriving. Not only are there plenty of drones being grown but queen play cells were seen for the first time today. These cells are a sign that the colony is strong enough to swarm (as are the large number of drones), so it looks like that some

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A new year, a new set of events

Secret_Gardener/ October 4, 2011/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Welcome to all those new and returning people interested in the environment at Imperial. This being Welcome Week we have some events to welcome you all to the society. Wednesday 1pm: Introduction to the garden with bee inspection in the Secret Garden Weekend (time tbc): introduction and gardening session. We’ll be making some raised beds and planting some new things

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Still entrapped; range of bees

Secret_Gardener/ June 6, 2011/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

While Albert remains in place, but getting closer to escaping her plastic cell, we thought we would share some information about our honey bees. Typically, carniolan bees have a range of 3 miles from their hive, and don’t go further than 5 miles. Some people have asked us with shock at what is there available for the bees to collect

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Disaster strikes in the shed!

Secret_Gardener/ March 28, 2011/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

A wonderful Spring Sunday spent in the garden! A plum tree was planted, duckweed battled with, leaves conquered (or at least partly) and a horrific discovery that some small mammal had made its home in the seed shoebox, complete with nest and faeces. Whatever it was had a good munch so we’re going to have to buy some new seeds,

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