This week I got all the hive boxes sanded and sealed, several sets of frames bleached, sanded, and frozen, garden boxes built, front pasture cleaned and ready for re-seeding, and replaced a rotten deck board! I've decided the bee yard will follow an Alice in Wonderland theme; since the colonies have queens, I'll have Red Queen and White Queen. Guess the next hive will be Mad Hatter!
Yesterday I was able to pick up nearly all the hive equipment with some transport help from Erv! I have enough for two happy colonies. I have to sand the supers down and stain or paint them, and I spent most of the afternoon scrubbing frames. Some of the frames had drawn comb worth keeping, which will help. The rest will test my patience and skill at setting up new wired foundation! Everything has to be bleached and frozen to kill off any potential verI'm getting two nucs from Salem, Indiana, probably next month.
Stay in touch for the honey flow!
Madeline is a fiber artist, author, shepherd, and music student. Ballyhoo Farm is the culmination of her passion for animals, horticulture, and sustainable farming practices, a dream she's worked to build since childhood.