Thursday, May 05, 2011

Busy bees


My kids' 4H group has placed these hives all over town in community gardens, local growers, and convenient backyards, like ours. They harvest the honey and sell it at fairs. Not bad money, really...

Between this hive with thirty-thousand bees, and the one living in the south corner of my house (our apiarist estimated fifty-thousand bees)... I don't have a lot of problems with fertilization!

4 comments:

templeterracegarden said...

Did you put in a hive for the ones that used to live in your walls?

Michael said...

my kids' 4H project... they've put these hives all over town at community gardens, local growers, and backyard gardens (including ours).

templeterracegarden said...

Oh awesome! What a great project. The bee populations need to be supported. :)

How do the bees in your own yard behave? I've pondered getting a hive box, but I'm a little apprehensive. We haven't had any problems with the hundreds of bees who visit our garden daily, but I've read that they can be more aggressive near the hive since they feel a need to defend it.

Farmer Dave said...

I've also kept bees off and on. templeterracegarden - they're not at all aggressive, except when jostled or in bad weather - my kids played in the yard within 15 feet from the hives and were never stung (except when walking barefoot over clover!).

I need to get some again. All the parts from two hives are waiting in my barn. You're lucky to have them in the yard - my pear trees were LOADED back when I had a hive going.