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A big thank you for the concern shown from those of you who wrote or called in concerning our hives in the Rowlett area, near Dallas. Our hives appear to have been untouched because of the excellent bamboo windbreaks the landowner planted 11 years ago. This is not the first time bamboo windbreaks have thwarted high winds from tornadoes near our hives. Here's a little insight into why bamboo works so much better than other types of windbreaks: Bambusa ventricosa, a species of bamboo suitable for windbreaks, works well because it is well branched from the ground to the top. The long slender culms (stems) and the dense, repetitive leafing pattern disperse wind energy more effectively than trees. The bend of the cane is more like that of grass - very flexible. A row of bamboo is very elastic and can absorb wind bursts in excess of 120mph. It also helps that when bamboo breaks, it splits without immediately separating. This prevents catastrophic failure within single plants as well as rows of plants. In addition to its elasticity, the tensile strength of bamboo is excellent. It suffers permanent distortion at about 142 MPa with a breaking point at 265MPa. Structural steel deforms at about 250MPa, and breaks at 400MPa. It starts to become woody when it reaches maximum height. Some 6 to 8 years at maturity, its outer surface gains silica which makes it very hard. The inside is softer than the outside which is more stable than typical wood which is softer on the outside than the inside. Bamboo is very elastic which makes it a good building material in earthquake zones. In Asia, bamboo is used for scaffolding - even for high rise buildings. When bamboo breaks, it splits without immediately separating. This prevents catastrophic failure. Bamboo forests are very good carbon sinks at a rate up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare. Thomas Edison used carbonized bamboo as a filament the first light bulb. Bamboo provided Alexander Graham Bell with a phonograph needle. There are more than 5000 documented uses for bamboo. Termites will not eat bamboo. Bamboo Forest After the 1945 Hiroshima nuclear devastation, bamboo was the first regrowth. Bamboo grows at sea level, and up to 3.7Km elevation. It expires 35% more oxygen than an equivalent group of trees. Harvesting bamboo does not kill it and a crop can be harvested every three to five years. Bamboo's root system is like a net and hold soil together so it prevents erosion. Bamboo has a tensile strength of 28000lbs/sq in, which is greater than steel.

Round Rock Honey will only be at the Downtown Austin (9-1) and Lone Star (10-2) farmer's markets in the Austin area this weekend. Bring family and friends out to the market to show off what Central Texas has to offer. Try some sweet honey while you're at it! 422 Guadalupe St Austin, TX 78701 12611 Shops Parkway, Shops at the Galleria, Bee Cave, TX 78738

We will be at our store in Round Rock from 10-2 tomorrow for those last-minute shoppers and the final day of our bee suit sale. Buy a bee suit and gloves for only $50. Stock up on honey, scrubs, lip balm, candles, soap, and more. 1308 Chisholm Trail #106 Round Rock, Texas 78681

If you've taken the Round Rock Honey BK class or tour and want to know more about beekeeping, consider this - the 5th Annual Austin Beekeeping Seminar put on by the Austin Area Beekeepers Association! The daylong seminar this year is scheduled for Jan. 16th and is at the beautiful J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin. We have an excellent array of presenters from all over Texas. In addition we have a separate track specifically for new beekeepers! If you would like to register please go to http://aabaseminar2016.eventbrite.com The registration fee is $50 and much of the proceeds will go to the Texas bee lab to help support research to advance sustainable beekeeping practices. If you have any questions please email me at lance@beekeepinghelp.com I hope to see everyone there!

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Did you know that your handmade soap will last longer if it dries between uses? Try it out with our cedar soap dish, soap, and lip balm combo. $16 in-store and online. #treatyoself #honey #soap #cedar #soapdish #handmade #handpoured #withlove #roundrock #atx #texas #local

Ever tried bee pollen? We've got samples in our store. Although it tastes best mixed in a smoothie or yogurt. Find Goodbee's raw pollen at HEB and our Round Rock store front. #roundrock #HEB #beepollen #pollen #health #goodbees

Dry skin got you down? Try some of our all natural hand salve! Use coupon code "bee2016" at roundrockhoney.com to save 10% on honey today and tomorrow. #lotion #handmade #handlotion #honey #roundrocktx #atx #texas #local #honey #rawlocalhoney #rawhoney #bees #honeybees #savings #sale

The only Austin area farmers markets that we are at this weekend are Downtown Austin and Lone Star. Come see us now or in the new year! Have a fun and safe holiday honey lovers. 🎄🐝

Come see us this week for some last minute shopping: 1308 Chisholm Trail #106 Round Rock, Texas 78681 #honey #beekeeping #beekeeper #honeybee #rawhoney #tshirt #christmas #shopping #gifts #roundrock #texas

All set for the last tours of 2015! It's been a great year and we've come a long way. Tomorrow's tours are all over-booked, but you can make reservations for 2016 by visiting our website or emailing bkschool@roundrockhoney.com We can't wait to have you come visit! #roundrock #honey #Christmas #beekeeping #tours #activities #texas #cedarpark #austin #atx #bees #honeybees #georgetown #leander #beeswaxcandles #handmadesoap #gift #shop

We have three different luxurious soaps available at our store in Round Rock and online. Perfect for gift-giving, stocking stuffers, and yourself! #honey #soap #natural #handpoured #oatmeal #vanilla #lavender #texas #gifts #onlineshopping #roundrock #honeybees #goatmilk #handmade #chemicalfree #smellsgood