April 7

A Journey In Beekeeping Begins for Erin – Smith Apiary and Bee School

Erin took her time settling on a site for her new hive. She decided close to G and within an existing flower bed.

Erin took her time settling on a site for her new hive. She decided close to G and within an existing flower bed.

 

As a final shot, there are always learning opportunities when you are with Mr. G. Had to step into the local pet shop as Jim is helping me build a very SPECIAL BEE HIVE FOR OUR CLASS. More about that later!

Setting the base with concrete blocks and leveling the deep box.

Setting the base with concrete blocks and leveling the deep box.

Inserting the preformed wax frames into the deep.

Inserting the preformed wax frames into the deep.

Setting the shallow box (also known as a super) on top of the deep. Please note that there are five frames missing from the deep box as this is where we will insert the 5 frames of bees from the nuc of bees we have ordered in about two weeks.

Setting the shallow box (also known as a super) on top of the deep. Please note that there are five frames missing from the deep box as this is where we will insert the 5 frames of bees from the nuc of bees we have ordered in about two weeks.

Adding 10 preformed shallow frames to her super.

Adding 10 preformed shallow frames to her super.

Capping her project is the top hive feeder and the roof for her hive. A beautiful stone rests on top to secure the roof from predators and wind.

Capping her project is the top hive feeder and the roof for her hive. A beautiful stone rests on top to secure the roof from predators and wind.

The instructor, Mr. G, steps in and gives her a thumbs up with her newly set hive in the background.

The instructor, Mr. G, steps in and gives her a thumbs up with her newly set hive in the background.

After looking at my hive, Erin has decided to go back and build a stand for her hive....the addition of a beautiful stand became a must for her!

After looking at my hive, Erin has decided to go back and build a stand for her hive….the addition of a beautiful stand became a must for her!

Erin also had an opportunity to meet Frances Smith who continues to live on our newly acquired property and for whom our apiary is named. She absolutely fell in love with Frances!

Erin also had an opportunity to meet Frances Smith who continues to live on our newly acquired property and for whom our apiary is named. She absolutely fell in love with Frances!