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Setting Up at Home

in the beginning !

Setting up the home hive, took a bit planning. 

Before we embarked on any plans for the home hive we discussed our plans with our direct neighbours. We had already talked to our neighbours about the course that we were doing and all our neighbours were pleased that we were doing the course and when we mentioned that we we wanted to have a hive, they were also pleased and wanted to have some honey as soon as we had our crop.

We then chose an area in the garden that would not be in the way of anybody, sheltered from wind, not in constant direct sunlight and completely enclosed. The very back of the garden behind the shed was the ideal place. 2.5m x 1.5m completely enclosed; rear wall, fence and back of shed are over 6". Coming into the enclosure we placed borders to the left and at the fence pannel. We planted runner beans which would produce a lot of flowers for the bees to feed from. We covered the floor with gravel and placed paving tiles on the floor to make it even, this would make a perfect surface to place the hive on top.

We initially placed the hive with the entance facing the back wall. We soon realised that this would not be practical if and when we wanted to put the varroa floor in place. So we turned the hive 90' to the right facing othe partition fence. This way the bees would have no option but to come out and fly straight up.

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  • Exposure to wind
  • Exposure to direct sunlight
  • Level / sturdy floor
  • Away from people
  • Drainnage of soil
  • Availability of soil for growing flowring plants