Yesterday I successfully installed the bees in their hive! Before I did, though, I needed to do some work on the hive.
Wedge comes out, foundation goes in. Then wedge goes back in.
One of the things that I needed to do was assemble the frames. I got wedge frames, which meant that I needed to break off a piece of the frame, put the foundation in, and nail the piece of wood back on, sandwiching the foundation. While I was able to do this with no issues, it was a bit of a PITA because of how I had to hold the hammer to avoid damaging the foundation.
Yesterday was Bee-mass! I got my bees, but it was too cold to install them. Today was warmer, so I transferred them to their new home.
I love plants. This should be obvious to you by now. I also love a deal, and when the two collide, I end up taking home plants that I didn’t plan on. Thus, the bee garden master plan has changed.
I meant to just buy snapdragons…
My beehive came last night and I made a video about all the different parts that make it up.
This is the first time I’ve made a video for the Internet at large. Be kind.
Beekeeping is not a cheap hobby. I haven’t even gotten my bees yet and I have spend a few hundred dollars on supplies. Here is a rundown of what I have purchased so far.
Nuc from Central Maryland Beekeepers Association: $165.00
10-frame hive with foundations and a top feeder: $165.00
Beekeeping suit with veil and gloves: $33.00
Beekeeping tools and smoker fuel: $54.00
Not to mention the cost of the supplies for the fence, the garden, and the other things I will need along the way.
So, what exactly are all these things for?
I’ve wanted bees in my garden since I moved to Casa del Duckie. They are good for the environment, good for the garden, and a good source of ingredients for other projects. They are also something that will need a lot of care and planning to keep healthy and safe. While I may seem to just jump into things, I really do carefully plan my large projects well. The bees are no different.
There are actually two different projects within the bee project- the bee corral and the bee garden. Because bees need a source of nutrition and water, I need to step up my gardening game and create a bee oasis in my back yard. Which gives me an excuse to plant more exciting things. Here is the master garden plan for the bee corral.
Despite a first day of Spring snowstorm and two days of work from home time, things are chugging along at Casa del Duckie in anticipation of the bees, which are officially coming on April 7.
The first task on April 7 will be transporting the bees from the apiary to my back yard. In my car. Box full of bees. For 25 minutes.
That part I am a bit worried about.
But then I get to come home and suit up and introduce them to their new home. I am planning to live stream the introduction on Facebook, and then put the video up here later on.