20 Nov


DIY MULCH from a BANANA tree – Save money and make you own mulch. NEW http://www.mahakolife.com VIDEO
DIY MULCH from a BANANA tree – Save money and make you own mulch. If you have a banana tree, you know that there is a lot of leaves and spent banana tree trunks you need to deal with. It is best to use a machete to cut the banana tree down (a banana tree is in fact a herb, rather than an actual tree). You will need a good quality and very sharp machete to do this as the banana trees can get quite large. If you need assistance with finding one, here is a couple of links to machetes we found to be great:
1 – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NJX11A8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00NJX11A8&linkCode=as2&tag=mahakolife-20&linkId=L6OSAWZWQMNAFBRI
2 – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ESB7L2C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00ESB7L2C&linkCode=as2&tag=mahakolife-20&linkId=2SBF3T5PT2F2EPZK
3 – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SW31FO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002SW31FO&linkCode=as2&tag=mahakolife-20&linkId=6YZSFLXW2CPNCMXF

After a banana tree trunk fruits, it no longer produces any fruit, so it is important to cut it down so the tree can use its energy for new shoots and subsequent fruit. As you can see in the video, we cut the banana tree down, strip the leaves, and place the trunk on grass. Then we use the machete to cut slices off the trunk. those we then cut in halves or smaller pieces. The banana tree consists of cardboard like layers, much like onion rings, but each ring is a dense cardboard like structure, making it an excellent heat and water insulator. It is also far superior to any hay or grass clippings as it lasts much longer in your garden. We place these under and around our trees and the veggie gardens to prevent water evaporation and reduce the growth penetration of weeds.

Give it a go. Its fast, easy, and free saving you money and you no longer need to go to the tip either. A win no matter how you look at it. So if you have a green thumb, have a banana tree and own a machete, give the DIY Mulch from banana trees a go.

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19 Nov

Honeybee QUEEN EGGS and BEE LARVAE close up   beekeeping 101 basics. Visit this Beekeeping PLAYLIST

Take a closeup look at honey bee queen eggs and bee larvae. It is very important as a beekeeper to know what these bee eggs and larvae look like when doing a hive inspection in your apiary. If you can see these tiny eggs, it is usually a good indication that a healthy laying queen is present and is doing her job. A bee colony must have a healthy, fertile and productive queen bee to survive. However, it is often difficult to find the honey bee queen herself, and the presence of freshly laid eggs tells you she is there, and she is laying. 

For more advanced beekeepers, the density of the eggs, placement of them in the cell itself and more can provide further information about what the bees are up to. At times, there may be no queen at all, and a few honey bees will start laying unfertilised eggs themselves. Why is unknown, at least to the best of our knowledge. Please feel free to shed light ion comments below if you are better informed about this bee behavior. As the bees are not fertilized, only drones are produced, further expediting the demise of a dying colony. If this is the situation, there are certain steps a beekeeper must take, and very swiftly at that, if he/she is to save the colony. Certainly do not purchase and introduce a new queen at this stage, as the laying worker bees will most likely gang up on her and kill her. This is very interesting and may be a topic for another video in the future.

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