A: body of hive or tree stump
B: BBSM ( bee bio symbiotic mulch)
C: comb with honey
D: comb with brood (babies)
E: entrance holes
F: honey box
G: EXTRA HONEY!!
H: small entrance, that is normally blocked off.
Above: two honey boxes strapped together to make a honey bee colony lure box.
First thing you need to do:
2: Install: Optimum placement
When you receive your new hive, you will receive instructions They will explain:
How to assemble and set it up (BBSM bee-bio-symbiotic-mulch) in the bottom. Location to site your new hive, and how to bait.
On this page I will show you everything you need to know to start and run your "Gardeners Beehive"
If you were wandering??
Note: there are reportable conditions, so if they get sick or die, have a look into this
Common sense is still required as this is a box full of stinging insects.
In my research into wild honey bees I have found a natural quirk. We take advantage of this and now have a self-regulating no guilt honey harvest. Bees will squirrel away honey in smaller compartments in a tree stump, add some honey boxes and this mimics this. These can then be removed at the end of summer, and this will be your honey!
Above is a natural beehive with extra honey stuck away. Can you see the extra Honey??
Here is a hive with bees just moving in on their own
Above is a section view of a natural beehive in a tree stump. Can you see the similarities??
You have bees Now what?
Well you don’t have to do anything
3: Where and how I get bees?
Here is a Gardeners Beehive with a honey box This is to collect excess honey over the summer so we can rob it with little to no impact to the bees
The ideal position
A clear path for the bees to fly
Under a deciduous tree, so shade in summer and sun in winter.
Above is a section view of a Gardeners Beehive
1: Buy Your Hive
You have a few options here :
Again we and our community are here to help. With videos and advice.
1: You can bait your hive from now until they move in (a week to a year or two)
2: you can do (1) and get a few pairs of baited honey boxes.
3: you can do (1) and or (2) and place a few swarm lure sticks about. This is merely a stick with swarm attractant on.
4: You can ask around, local beekeepers, extermination services and see if they don’t have a swarm to give or sell.