2nd annual beekeeping edition December 11, 2013

We talked about a lot of beekeeping on The Dirtbag 12/11/13, and here is some follow-up information:

Portland Urban Beekeepers: http://portlandurbanbeekeepers.org/

Glen's beekeeping classes:

Instructor and Northeast Portland beekeeper Glen Andresen will take you through the basics of backyard beekeeping using only gentle and organic techniques, which leads to less-stressed—and easier to handle—bees! Topics include basic equipment (including the pros and cons of both Langstroth and top-bar hives), sources for bees, what to look for inside the colony, handling swarms, good nectar producing plants, hive maintenance, retrieving honey and beeswax, over-wintering, and pests and diseases. The class includes a three-hour classroom lecture and a one-hour field trip to Glen’s apiary in Northeast Portland for a hands-on opportunity.

1.  Portland Community College Community Education, Friday, March 7, 2014, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Southeast Center, 2305 SE 82nd (at Division)
Cost: $55
The class begins with a three-hour workshop and ends with a one-hour hands-on demonstration at Glen’s apiary in Northeast Portland the next day, Saturday, March 8, at 2:00 p.m., weather permitting.
      Register online at http://www.pcc.edu/schedule/

2. Garden Fever, Saturday, March 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (includes break and drive time)
3433 NE 24th Ave. (just south of Fremont); $47
Cost: $47 (a limited number of partial scholarships available)
March 30, 2012, class: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Some excellent bee-attracting plants:
Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’ Clematis  
Styrax japonica Japanese snowball  
Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’ stonecrop; sedum  
Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Grand Blue' bluebeard  
Oemleria cerasiformis Indian plum (Oregon native)  
Pieris japonica Japanese andromeda  
Aster lateriflorus ‘Lady in Black’ aster  
Aurinia saxatilis gold dust alyssum  
Ceanothus thrysiflorus ‘Blue Blossom’ ceanothus; California lilac; wild lilac  
Salvia guaranitica anise sage; Brazilian sage  
Helianthus annuus common sunflower  
Aralia spinosa devils’ walkingstick  
Eupatorium purpureum Joe Pye weed  
Acer macrophyllum bigleaf maple  
Trifolium incarnatum L. crimson clover  
Aster novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’ aster  
Pyrus malus domestic apple  
Marionberry Marionberry  
Rubus idaeus red raspberry  
nectarberries nectarberry  
Vaccinium sp. blueberry  
Mahonia 'Arthur Menzies'     (Lomariifolia x Bealei) Oregon grape; ‘Arthur Menzies’  
Taraxacum officinale common dandelion  
Stellaria media common chickweed  
Ocimum basilicum sweet basil  
Oregano vulgare oregano  
Cosmos bipinnatus cosmos  
Heuchera coral bells  
Viburnum × burkwoodii viburnum  
Dahlia sp. Heartthrob' / 'Appleblossom' / 'Sisa' / 'Pooh' / 'Twilight'  
Centaurea cyanus bachelor button, cornflower, bluebottle  
Echinacea purpurea purple coneflower  
Sedum sp. sedum  
Oxalis articulata pink wood sorrel  
Campanula bellflower  
Cheiranthus wallflower  
Nepeta sp. catnip, catmint  
Ilex crenata 'Convexa’ convex-leafed Japanese holly  
Colchicum autumnale fall crocus; meadow saffron  
Portulaca grandiflora mock rose  
Echinops bannaticus ‘blue globe’ globe thistle  
Tilia linden, basswood  
Brassica oleracea broccoli sp.  
Allium cepa
Cucurbita maxima or pepo squash  
Raphanus sativus radish  
Castanea dentata American chestnut  
Fagopyrum esculentum buckwheat  
Ficia faba fava beans ‘banner’  
Crocus sativus crocus; saffron crocus  
Hypochaeris radicata false dandelion  
Hibiscus syriacus rose of Sharon  
Borago officinalis borage; starflower  


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