Batten Down the Hatches

Hurricane season is no joke here on the coast of North Carolina. The bees know (better than most people) to stay inside when the winds get too high, but there is still danger. A powerful wind can lift the covers off of a hive. A hurricane-force wind could even knock a hive completely over.

One of the features we built into our bee yard was tie-down anchors. These are the same ones we used to tie down the greenshed.

Screw-in Earth Anchor, for when you REALLY don't want something to blow away.
Screw-in Earth Anchor, for when you REALLY don’t want something to blow away.

We put one on each side of each hive, so whenever we expect a big blow, we can do this:

All tied down and ready for what may come. The bees are now more secure than my compost pile there in the background.
All tied down and ready for what may come. The bees are now more secure than my compost pile there in the background.

Okay, Sub-Tropical Storm Ana … bring it!

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