It was a lovely spring day here on Easter Sunday, full of promise of the coming season. Even though we do not get our shipment of bees for a couple more weeks, we decided to pick the spot to site the hive. After a bit of walking around and discussion, we were able to agree on the spot to place the hive.
Clearly, the spot is not totally ready. In the next few weeks, I hope to have the area “cleaned up” a little. The two abandoned trailers have to go. There is a broken gazebo frame and lots of branches and dead fall for the chipper we are going to rent this week. Then the bees will have the full advantage of a SE facing hive with a windbreak to its rear. That, and the short flight to the fruit trees, and soon-to-be veggie garden. Now all we need is the salt block in the cinderblock below the hive, since salt is needed as part of honey production, and a birdbath or some other nearby water source, and we’re set to go.