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wildwoodflowerfarm
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« on: April 22, 2009, 10:30:27 PM »

Hi ya'll,
My husband and I are restoring an old house and farm here in Northeast Alabama.  We are putting back native plants and attempting a period appropriate garden.  We have a black walnut tree in our farmyard that houses a colony of feral bees.  So I really need to know how to support these bees and keep them healthy and happy for pollinating my gardens.
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2009, 10:37:42 PM »

Welcome.
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2009, 05:20:38 AM »

Hello and Welcome Wildwoodflowerfarm
There is alot of great information on the forum !!
The members here are willing help and answer your questions, all you need to do is to ask
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2009, 10:10:56 AM »

at first i thought it said Alabama mountain cave, and i thought "oh, my kind of folks!!".    grin

welcome to the site. 

if they bees are hanging out in the tree all the years, they probably don't need much from you.  if you want to keep some hives, put out a swarm trap.  chances are that hive in the tree throws swarms every year, and those would be great bees to keep.
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2009, 07:14:45 PM »

Feral pets are the best kind...you just get to enjoy them without all of the responsibility.  On that note, I raise feral deer, pheasant, and quail in my yard and they require no effort at all... grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2009, 12:00:46 AM »

Wildwoodflowerfarm.  Welcome to our forum, I love that name, by the way.  This will be a place where you can lean on us for advice, that will come.  If you stick around it will also be a place where you can tell your stories, tales and experiences, we love new members.  You are off onto a beautiful endeavour with this farm.  When you were telling of your restoring this farm, it conjured up some beautiful pictures in my mind's eye.  Stick around.  Have that wonderful and most awesome day, life and health.  Cindi
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2009, 01:35:22 PM »

Welcome from a fellow newbie and fellow Alabamian (there are several more on here, as well)! NE Alabama's a pretty place...we've been thinking about Jackson County ourselves....

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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2009, 08:08:23 AM »

Welcome. Hey if you need electrical advice - I'm your guy (22yr master) I know a restoration can get really pricey so if you're out to do stuff on your own, just pm me and I'll advise asap. (no charge, of course)
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2009, 01:30:56 PM »

Thanks.
We are having a ball with this restoration and putting the farm back in service.  Truly miss my bee colony though.  Hope a new one settles in soon.
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