Mike Barkley

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After a long career electro-geeking for R&D labs in the electronic industry Mike has checked out of the rat race & moved to the woods. Not entirely off grid but trying to achieve that goal. He raises a few animals & enjoys growing healthy food in various gardens. He is a life long nature lover, adventure seeker, & to a certain extent a minimalist. Eventually bears will probably eat him & turn him into compost. He is ok with that.
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Pete nailed it. Good answer.
13 hours ago
Alarm clocks would be destroyed. It will be too hard to comply with the daily nap requirement with alarm clocks.
1 day ago
Insulating board might be your best bet then. Perhaps a space blanket too.

I'm curious how you have a nuc this late in the season.
4 days ago
Minus 30 is very cold for bees. Some people do use insulating board & in Europe there is a type of hive that is made basically like an ice chest. Made of styrofoam or something like that.

I think the chips are probably helpful unless they attract pests or absorb water. What I would probably do is sandwich the nuc between the other 2 hives & surround them all with hay bales. Top and sides. Keep their entrances open. That works pretty good. Don't know how well that works in minus 30 though. That's harsh.
4 days ago
Here's pix from the same victory garden about a month later. It did very well with zero attention after planting. It's almost done for the season now except for one pumpkin & some sweet potatoes.
Are you submitting this for BB certification? If so, it needs to be posted in that particular thread. Looks great! Except the burn. Ouch.
5 days ago
Congratulations everyone!!!
I'd generally orient it east to west. That way there's good southern exposure (sunlight) all during the day & the other side will be a bit shadier & cooler for things that prefer that. It seems the taller it is the more micro climate effect there is.
1 week ago
Fava bean leaves are edible? Woohoo! A nice big batch is being planted here sometime this week. Will try some leaves.

Broccoli & other brassica leaves are edible too.
1 week ago