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Offline TheMasonicHive

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My first apiary!
« on: April 10, 2010, 03:21:38 PM »
A high school friend's mom was gracious enough to let me use her property for my first apiary.  I've got a decent little corner!

If anyone has any critiques, please let me know so I can change things before installing on Sunday!


My little corner. I raked out most of the leaves and cut down some small undergrowth.


There were a bunch of patio paver stones that were available for use, so I used them to my advantage!


Next step was using bricks to make my "hive stands"


Hive stand ready for my boxes


Screened bottom board, Deep box, hive top feeder, and outer cover


Second pad set up for my May hive.


Gathering small and big dry wood pieces for my smoker.


Ready for install!
« Last Edit: April 11, 2010, 09:52:12 AM by TheMasonicHive »
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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010, 05:06:42 PM »
Look's good to me :cheer:
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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2010, 06:57:14 PM »
Looks good.

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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010, 07:25:10 PM »
Nice set up,just remember to make checks in the brick pockets to ensure there are no pests living there.....Good luck ;)
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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2010, 08:05:57 PM »
That looks great!! What a good looking location too.
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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2010, 08:16:46 PM »
Looks perfect, glad you found a spot. Have lotsa fun with your bees!

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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2010, 09:44:37 PM »
Too funny I did the same exact thing.. I just didnt document it.  I will be going out soon to plant some more bee friendly plants nearby and I will be sure to shoot it up.. thanks for the motivation.  and Good LUCK..
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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2010, 09:53:42 PM »
Nice job. ;) I hope you had something besides the car to haul all of those pave stones.

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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2010, 10:22:31 PM »
Sparky, actually this place already had them there.  Looked like they've sat there for years.  Same thing with the bricks.  I've got plenty more as I expand!

And no...I only have the car haha.
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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2010, 07:00:02 AM »
Looks great, but did you remember to put landscape fabric under the pavers?  It keeps the grass from popping up between the pavers.  It's not necessary, and the bees don't care, but I find it helps keep things a little neater in the ol' apiary.

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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2010, 09:37:08 AM »
The only downside to this set up is that my hives are facing west.  I've got kind of a horseshoe shape of trees surrounding the hive, with the only clear view being to the west.  I hope that's not going to be a problem.
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« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2010, 10:57:09 AM »
Hives facing west won't be a problem. Any direction ok, even north if you have a wind break. Looks like privet in the background?


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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2010, 09:20:05 PM »
Your site looks great!
I LOVE seeing brand new shiny white bee hives!
 Looks like you have enough room to expand too after awhile!( 2 months...cuz you'll be getting calls to catch up bees from trees in a couple of weeks I bet...That always happens once people know you have bees!)

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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2010, 07:11:00 AM »
Very nice looking spot. Perfect with the patio stones already in place.
You are off to a great start.
Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.
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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2014, 02:44:38 PM »
Looks good

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Re: My first apiary!
« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2014, 03:44:20 AM »
looks good!

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