Two Hororata Beehives, spring and on, 2014

12/10/2014 Willow flow has been going about 1 week, some of that weather awful, but last two days awesome. Full flow- most bees seem to be heading to bridge area where there is a lot of willow – young, flowering. Downriver hive has great queen, I gave her extra space – all filled with […]

Natural insect control for slugs and snails – Diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous Earth is made from the shells of one-celled plants called Diatoms. About 30 million years ago countless one-celled plants called Diatoms lived in the sea and built protective shells out of silica. As the Diatoms died the shells drifted to the floor and built up into deposits and the shell became fossilised. When […]

Bee keeping at Ballybroom

21/11/2010 Broom (Cytisus spp) seems to have no value to bees- at least through spring flowering. The Escholchia- One day poppy or Californian poppy in river bed- no value to bees. Bees are flying out to John’s place- assume it is the dryland paddocks with lots of clover that is drawing the bees. A […]

Ducks, Cayuga for sale, Canterbury

Our lovely black with green and blue sheen Cayuga ducks have produced lots of young. We have various ages for sale. Between $10 and $20 each. We can be contacted at You know the story with the email address. These are lovely birds- and all the better because they are not so tame […]