I had been a little worried about where I planned on setting up my hives as it looked a little low. I have been watching it since I decided on it (late summer) and it had stayed dry until now. We just had a large storm come thru last night on top of our already saturated ground so I thought this morning would be a good time to check it out again.
Low and behold the entire area I want to place my hives on is under an inch or so of water.
I'm not sure how long it will last, probably no more than a couple of days but I can see that this will probably happen a few times during the spring when we get a few days of very heavy rain.
I could change the site by about 40 feet to dry ground but, that site would be about 60% surrounded by water anyways and also put the hives in shade from about 3pm on during the summer.
I might be able to have topsoil hauled in but would have to rent equipment to spread it and that's kind of expensive for a first year undertaking.
So, would the water be OK for a few days occasionally? move it to the shady area? or just break down and haul in the dirt?