When we bought two bee hives, we had no idea we’d be wanting to build our own bee yard, also known as an Apiary. We just brought them home and plopped them down willy nilly. You might be interested to read about the first few weeks of bee adventures.
The hives (boxes) included in the bee purchase are old and a bit dilapidated.
The honey bees didn’t care and were busy as bees though!
Now that the bees have decided to stay for over a year, we decided it is time to give them their own Home Makeover. So Mr. Menace decided what he wanted the hives to look like and bought new boxes, which he stained on the outside and charred on the inside.
He bought copper nails and brass screws to put them together with, which makes a very cool detail.
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NEW FLOWER GARDEN:
Next, his vision included a honeycomb shaped “garden” for the hives to sit amongst. He entertained several different materials to create the hexagons and finally decided on landscape timbers.
Mr Menace was really excited about this project and got started on it right away.
When he finished cutting the sides of the hexagons, it was then time to take them to the garden and create the honeycomb structure. He wanted the new apiary to be in full sun and I wanted it to be visible from the inside the house.
So we ended up putting it where my vegetable and herb garden had been. This gives us a great view from the kitchen and from our deck. The next chore was moving my herbs and digging out the rest of the grass.
When we finished digging out the grass, Mr. Menace leveled up the ground and the honeycomb structure. Then it was time to go plant shopping. I had already done quite a bit of online shopping and finally decided that for this year, I was just going to go with whatever I could find at the local stores.
We are going for beauty this year. Eventually, we want to plant clover, which would be pretty and also be more beneficial for the bees, but that will take some planning ahead. I hope to get prepared for that before next spring.
I loaded up each hexagon with my homemade compost, read more about how to compost. And I planted moss rose until my back ached!
The hives that you see here are empty. He is hoping to catch a couple more swarms of bees to fill these hives too.
We still haven’t purchased clover seeds, so the second season, I planted Ajuga, which is SO pretty with it dark foliage and purple spikes.