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Keeping Backyard Bees with the Best of Intentions

Yesterday, for the first time, we blogged for a different online venue. Mother Earth News and Grit operate a contributor-run blog called "Keeping Backyard Bees". And for our first installment, we wrote about procrastination and getting behind before we even get started.

Here's the first paragraph (you can read the rest here):

Have you cleaned up your old equipment?

Have you cleaned up your old equipment?

Do your bees need supplemental feed?

Do your bees need supplemental feed?

The outside world thinks that a farmer or beekeeper’s season starts when the flowers begin to bloom or the last frost passes. Where we live, that last frost date is right around tax day in mid-April, but really a beekeeper’s “Spring” begins when that first flower blossoms (early to mid-February for us). It is not uncommon for someone to walk up to us and make the statement, “Well, you guys have nothing to do until Spring, right?” Yup. Nothin’ to do…Ha!

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What is This Weed?

It looks like a dandelion. Sort of.

The leaves are similar. The seed heads (blowheads) are very similar.

The flowers are non-existent, or just something We have never noticed, or it blooms at some odd time.

The biggy though: This sucker is 6 feet tall. Yeah. 6 feet.

Neat plant. We just wish to know what it is.

UPDATE: After some debate on Facebook and Google+, no answer ended up being a slam dunk, but the consensus suggests this is something in the thistle family or in the Cichorieae tribe that includes lettuces, chicory, dandelions and others. I have this sneaking suspicion if I could a couple folks out here to put hands on the plant, they would know it in a heartbeat. Plant identification is so difficult via pictures and drawings.

These leaves are about 1ft long.

Blog Reboot

We have been using Google+ for our "blogging platform" for some time. That being said, we are going to switch over to this native Squarespace format for now and see how well we like it. It gives us a more "CarolinaBees.com" central place to blog and then disseminate to other platforms, like Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. To see all our older bloggish posts, please check out and follow us here: https://plus.google.com/+CarolinaBees.

That being said, we'll still participate in the worlds of G+, FB, and Twtr for casual things (in that order for activity), but anything more "bloggy" will be landing here. Let us know if you like it or not.

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