We are getting our first two packages of bees at the end of March. I can’t wait to have these little beauties living on my property, pollinating my squash. So we wanted to make sure that they would be happy in their new homes.
The site: Inside the fenced vegetable garden, where the dogs won’t crash into it when they race about. The hives will face east. That’s our property fence behind. Neighbor’s tree to the Southwest will be in full leaf by the time summer heat gets bad, so there will be afternoon shade.
Our ground is decidedly UN-level, so I am building what amounts to a short raised bed to site the hives. The boards will allow me to constrain my leveling sand/gravel in a small area without worrying that every rain will wash sand out from under the hive stands and into the low areas near the fence. I also made a lot of decisions based on straight esthetics; if it’s going to be in my garden, I want it to be pretty.