now the subject of lawn mowers and colony placement comes to the front.
I would like to purchase one of the twin hive plastic beehives from the folks in England through the US distributor http://www.omlet.us
as they have had great luck with them and seem to be much less work and apparently do not have to be wrapped as they are injection molded with an air gap to insulate the hives.
These hives are kept off the ground with wrap around metal legs that can be secured with cement blocks to hold them down against high winds or held in place with bent rebar as one way to prevent tipovers I imagine.
I have cattle panels that I can use to surround them to protect them from larger animals and perhaps racoons as well.
I would want to place a weed barrrier under them but reflecting heat or absorbing the heat and then having it radiate up at the hive is a concern.
I am also concerned about deep snows and whether leaving the hive at the back of the property is an issue as I want to protect the hive in any weather extremes AND still be able to provide Cane Sugar water for food.
Saying that, the Old Farmers Almanac came out with its 2015-16 weather prognostication yesterday on the news reports and it certainly looks good for burning the black rocks.
I will be getting involved with the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Bee Program here too so I will be better prepared.
Even though I have lifetime immunity to honey bee stings I will still be using a bee suit. My having been being swarmed by white face hornets in the eastern drought of 2006-8 and almost crossing the void to the Pearly Gates was an experience-400 allergy injections later I found I only had immunity to honey bee venom SO I carry 2-4 epi pens on my person due to this issue.