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Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.

 

3d Year, 7th Minutes for the Queen’s Castle Beekeepers Assoc.

27 Jul 2013

 

-----------------------------------------Draft Meeting Notes---------------------------------------

 

No meeting in September do to the State Meeting in Montgomery AL

http://www.alabamabeekeepers.com/

http://www.alabamabeekeepers.com/documents/2013%20convention/Main%20info%20page%202013.htm

 

 

Some talk about replacing hydrated lime with Diatomaceous in 80# bags.  Also Don Helton suggested using Diatomaceous with glass to spread under your hive and is sold in 5# bags.

 

Keith Robinson suggested the book "About Honey" by Mr. Morris

 

Gary Barrow suggested buying in bulk form Beeline Apiaries and Woodenware.  The attached PDF gives some prices.

 

Don Helton suggested that we make club shirts.  T-Shirts, Polo and Button up shirts were discussed.  Keith Robinson will make the design.  Dan Lambeth will find the cost of embroidery.  Dirk will check on T-Shirt prices at Marvin's.  Color, style and quantity yet to be determined.

 

OJ talked about having flowering plant year around for your bees.  Chinese Tallow (Popcorn) Tree, Vitex, White Clover, Hubam Clover, Cosmos plant.

Source for Clover:  http://www.turnerseed.com/site/Default.asp

Plant the clover one month before the first frost (Mid Sept).  Be sure to kill all the grass with a herbicide.  Prepare the ground by plowing, disking and a process the flattens and pushes the seed in.  Might be able to drag chain link fence.

Mix two parts sugar with one part water through the winter.

Get all your equipment ready this fall. 

Get your bees early by the end January or early February.  Elmer Herman of Millie Bee has a great deal with the queen and five frames for $95.  OJ recommended picking them up at his Alabama site.

 

OJ showed us his 6 x 4 shelter for his hives.

Helton Kerwin, Don Helton and Herb Jasper

Dan Lambeth, Jimmy Winters and Gary Silbermagel

Dirk and Keith Robinson (Secretary)

John Kilmer and OJ Blount (Vice President)

Vick Barrow, Sharon Campbell, Gary Barrow, Dan Lambeth, Jimmy Winters, Dirk

Joe Blount

Lucy Blount (President) hard at work gathering the financial report

 

 

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