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  1. Kaz

    Zero Harvest Returns

    Any recommendations on how to find one of these?? 😉😉😂
  2. Kaz

    Fudge packaging

    There's a lovely recipe on this forum, search for fudge and its the dark honey fudge shared by drstitson. Make sure you get it hot enough and then beat it when it cools. It took me a few attempts 😊
  3. Kaz

    Fudge packaging

    Packaging, not packing 😏
  4. Kaz

    Fudge packaging

    Can anyone recommend some packaging for fudge? 100g and/ or 150g (which do you sell?). I'm getting fed up of buying bags to try, none of which seem to be quite the right size/ type. Thought I'd stop wasting my money and just ask for recommendations 😊
  5. Kaz

    What to do with capped honey > 20% water?

    The limit for Heather honey is 23% (as per the honey regulations), so if its Heather honey- all good 😊
  6. Kaz

    Honey Fudge

    That's pretty much the same as this fudge recipe, but the fudge has 300g of honey added, so even sweeter than the tablet recipe!? 😳
  7. Kaz

    Honey Fudge

    I know this is an old thread but I have just stumbled on it when searching for a good honey fudge recipe. I've made the recipe according to drstitson, and it has turned out lovely and smooth, BUT (and this is probably a really stupid question based on my non- consumption of fudge generally) is...
  8. Kaz

    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    Put on my big girl pants (and 3 pairs of trousers, a t shirt and 2 sweatshirts, 2 pairs of gloves (covered in Bee-Quick), and even a woolly hat) and went to inspect the bees from hell. As anticipated they tried to kill me, but didn't manage to get me through the layers. Phew. Now I need to...
  9. Kaz

    Formic Acid- Should I Treat?

    Yep, I lost 4 (out of 13) queens last year. Never again
  10. Kaz

    Summer harvest?

    Oh yes, the same here. July in my garden apiary is very different to my 'atop de hill' apiary which is 2.5 miles away (almost vertically) 😊
  11. Kaz

    Summer harvest?

    This weekend. The flow here stopped almost a month ago (*about the same time i hastily ordered more supers and frames for fear i was going to run out!), I'm hoping they will have capped what they had and it'll be ready to extract 🤷‍♀️ *Sod's law - the same rule which has meant it's rained...
  12. Kaz

    Crazy, aggressive bees - what to do?

    Yes, for that I don't risk introducing direct, I always pull out a nuc and introduce to that first, then remove the original queen and unite with the nuc. I haven't dared to risk introducing a new Q direct into a stroppy full hive. Maybe I'm just over cautious?
  13. Kaz

    Crazy, aggressive bees - what to do?

    I've had that advice from BMH before too, but the thought of having to go through the colony to remove the queen, then again to remove EQCs (now queenless and even more aggressive) fills me with horror so I always introduce the new Q to a small nuc first, just 2-3 frames, then unite after...
  14. Kaz

    Crazy, aggressive bees - what to do?

    Try marigolds under nitriles, that is almost bomb proof. I've even resorted to wearing a beanie under my hood. Better to be melting than stung all over. I have 2 colonies I'm currently dealing with (swarms i collected) and its the most unpleasant experience. Not ashamed to admit I have...
  15. Kaz

    London beekeeper’s assistant

    Yep, that does it 😂. I also have to deploy my husband's lifting skills from time to time. He doesn't get involved in any other aspects of beekeeping, only moving hives or heavy supers (and then only if they are stacked too high) due to his nasty reactions to stings ( and I'm not referring to...
  16. Kaz

    Wasps…will this work?

    I've used something similar in the past when I housed a very vulnerable hive in my greenhouse over winter. The wasps would enter the tunnel but then come back out a few seconds later, they didn't seem to ingress and eventually gave up. Keep watching of they seen to be going in, chances are...
  17. Kaz

    Surely it’s 8 or 9 weeks rather than 6 for big improvement

    Phew, that's a relief. I have a horrible colony I'm requeening by making hopelessly queenless then introducing a frame of young larvae from my loveliest queen. I'm at the awful stage where having been rendered queenless they dont yet have an emerged queen and having harvested a number of the...
  18. Kaz

    Soap making using essential oils

    I'm adapting a recipe, I've posted my ingredients and quantities above. The lemongrass essential oil is only 2.5% of the total ingredients. Having looked online, I'm wondering whether I have enough liquid oil content, or too much solid? It seems to be the addition of the lemongrass which...
  19. Kaz

    Soap making using essential oils

    I'm using olive oil (312g), coconut oil (198g), shea butter (113g), sweet almond oil (85g), castor oil (85g) and beeswax (15g), water (255g) and lye (109g). 30g of lemongrass essential oil so just 2.5% of the total weight. I'm blending until trace, mixture is still quite fluid but as soon as...
  20. Kaz

    Soap making using essential oils

    Can anyone please offer some advice, I've started making some soaps using honey and/or beeswax. My most recent attempt was to make a lemongrass and poppy seed soap, but having got the mix to trace, as soon as I add the lemongrass essential oil it sets hard (within seconds and before I can get...