Good Morning all - as always breakfast sounds delicious. I can almost smell the goodness from here.
The only thing Nemo gave us is some wind; nothing to complain about given what the rest of NEPA got smacked with.
Today I'm going to continue my plans for the upcoming honey flow. I picked up my new Top Bar Hives on Thursday so now I can move ahead with my apiary site work. For those you don't know, this style of bee hive mimics a natural fallen hollow log hive and is about 4 ft long, 1 ft deep. They tell me they are easier to work with because of a variety of reasons, not the least is no heavy boxes of honey or brood to lift. They promise to be less time consuming and less expensive to manage, too, perfect for a backyard hive like mine. There are lots of things to think about not the least is that this style of hive has to be exactly level and that's not easy when you live in Northern VA. Rather than level the land, DK is going to level the hive stands by using level fence posts. He'll attach the hives to those. It pays to be married to an engineer - at times anyway
- his plan is a lot simpler than mine and a lot less work, too. The way it looks is one end of the hive will be knee high while the other end will be waist high.
Today's errands will include a trip to the local Habituate for Humanity ReStore for a window I can use as the lid for a solar wax melter. Top Bar Hives produce a lot of wax which gets a pretty penny at the Farmer's market. As you remove the wax from the hive, you throw it in your solar melter and the sun does all or most of the work. Some folks even have solar melters linked directly to wax molds but I just want a box with a glass lid for now. DK's going to design that, too.
Lots to think about and actually get done before March 15 and the start of the Spring Honey flow in these parts.
I hope everyone is warm and toasty, take care, Lisa