The Buzz Blog

Welcome to our blog 'The Buzz'.  Here we will keep you updated on what is happening in the world of bees and honey and anything else that we think you would be interested in.  If there is a topic you would like to hear about drop us an email and I'll see what we can do.


Gordonton Country Market

Written by Stephanie on September 19th, 2012.      0 comments

Gordonton held its inaugural Country Market on the 8th September, "the sun shone, the forecast rain didn’t arrive and everyone had an utterly splendid time,” reported community news site Number 8 Network.

Gordonton Country Market is like the Tamahere Market but on the north side of Hamilton.  It is fantastic to have such a market on our side of town.  There is a great variety of stalls including woodwork, needlework, baking, bread, honey, jewelery, sweets, garden ornaments, lucky dips for the kids and much more!

The market is held in Hukanui Park in the Gordonton village, it is a lovely country setting with beautiful big oak trees in the field and Devonshire teas available in the old school house - mmmm!  Lots of space for the kids to run around, they can even spend time in the playground (like our boys did), while you sit back in the sun and have a coffee and treat or stroll around looking at the great stalls.  It will be the perfect place to spend a hot summers day (when they finally come!).

It is a wonderful family and community environment.  So if you haven't been yet go along next month.  For more details about this market check out our market page.

To see some photos of the first Gordonton Country Market check out the slideshow at the Number 8 Network community website.

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Fresh Produce Deliveries

Written by Stephanie on September 17th, 2012.      0 comments

Ever wanted fresh vegetables, fruit and other produce delivered to your door?  Well it is now available in Hamilton and surrounding areas!  Plainsview Gardens (who sell at the Hamilton Farmers Market every week) have put together a great variety of produce that can be delivered to your door at a great price.

The items available for delivery include:
  • A variety of vegetables and fruit from Plainsview Gardens, Devine Fruits, Wai Shing Fresh Produce and other local growers (see the list and grower details here)
  • Free range eggs from Kainui
  • German bread and sausages from The Kurze family
  • Soon to come - salmon from the Salmon Man
  • and of course local honey from Sweetree Honey.

See prices here

Plainsview Garden's water comes from near the source of the Waikamete River.  They believe the quality of this water is what gives their tomatoes its great taste.  Their first choice to control insects and disease is to use natural or organic sprays.  If they have to use chemicals they avoid chemicals that could harm bees.  That's what we love to here!

To order a fresh produce box all you need to do is email this order form to plainsviewgardens@gmail.com

You can be sure of the freshness of this produce. We have been buying fruit and vege boxes from Plainsview Gardens for months and we love that it is so fresh and locally produced.  You can't ask for better than that.

If you have any questions contact Plainsview Gardens here.
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Happy Fathers Day!

Written by Stephanie on September 2nd, 2012.      0 comments

Happy Fathers Day to all those wonderful Dads, Step-dads and Granddads out there!

Fathers day is all about honouring and celebrating our Dads. Making him feel special and thanking him for the special role he plays in our lives.  It is not all about spending money on him but spending time with him and making him feel appreciated.

It is also a day to remember those dads that aren't with us anymore and it is at these times that we remember them and cherish special memories.  One of Martin's cherished memories is beekeeping with his dad, it was a time he could spend some quality one on one time with him (hard to get when there are 7 children!).  We hope that being outside helping their dad beekeeping will be great memories for our boys too.

Here are some photos of them together:
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Here's a poem I found online you might like to read.

A Father's Day Poem

by Anonymous
 
A Dad is a person
who is loving and kind,
And often he knows
what you have on your mind.

He's someone who listens,
suggests, and defends.
A dad can be one
of your very best friends!

He's proud of your triumphs,
but when things go wrong,
A dad can be patient
and helpful and strong

In all that you do,
a dad's love plays a part.
There's always a place for him
deep in your heart.

And each year that passes,
you're even more glad,
More grateful and proud
just to call him your dad!

Thank you, Dad...
for listening and caring,
for giving and sharing,
but, especially, for just being you
 
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Newsletter - September 2012

Written by Stephanie on September 1st, 2012.      0 comments

 Spring has finally sprung!  The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, the flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing and the lambs are frolicking.  The other day I had to give way to a gorgeous family of ducks crossing the road.  Don't you just love spring!

Spring means more time in the garden.  Preparing garden beds, sowing seeds, planting out seedlings, fertilising and spraying!  Just think about the bees before you bring out the sprays this year.  Have a read of the ingredients and make sure there are none that will harm the bees.  See the article below for more details.

We hope you enjoy this newsletter and would love your feedback and also let us know what sort of information you would like in future newsletters.

Read the rest of our newsletter
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Beehive Update - September 2012

Written by Martin on September 1st, 2012.      0 comments

The first part of August was very wet - for almost two weeks - and that slowed the start of the normal spring build up. Luckily we were able to get to all our hives despite the wet weather and hives have been checked for diseases, bottom boards cleaned, fed where required, and varroa strips removed. The bees needed lots of attention to get them through this period.

Thankfully the weather has improved and the bees are now busy flying, collecting pollen and early spring sources of nectar. Pollen traps have been installed on the strong hives at Horsham Downs and we are now seeing good quantities of bee pollen coming in. Drone bees are now present in the hives and we have started raising queen cells in order to build up hive numbers and recover from losses over winter.

We have also undertaken checks of all the hives to ensure that the varroa treatments worked - essential now there is resistance to a number of varroa treatments. Our hives at Marokopa  had significant levels of varroa despite being treated in late Autumn and so we applied an alternative treatment which has worked really well.

Next steps will be to continue to monitor the buildup of the hives, create more new hives by raising queen cells and shifting hives out to site.
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