Sarah continues to amaze me with the creativity she applies to present buying and this Father’s Day was no different. There I was sat on the sofa the Saturday before the big day, when the door bell rings, quickly followed by Sarah saying I should come outside to see my present. Well I can tell you that in a million years I wasn’t expecting a beehive!
It is such a clever idea and something that can be built upon over a number of years. I love the science behind taking something in nature and replicating it using a man-made structure. Lots of information came with the beehive, some of which I’ll share below.
So, this is what happens in nature:
And this is how it looks in the man-made form:
The only thing that had to be added to the box to replicate nature, was a compost mix that has been carefully brought together over a number of years that the guy has been researching this.
What I like most about it is that you literally don’t have to do anything apart from spray a specially formulated mix (called a bait) in the morning, which helps the bees find the well crafted home. The rest is down to nature and is covered in a lot of detail here if you’re interested.
As I mentioned above, the beehive is expandable over years with three other boxes (see below).
The idea behind the extensions is to allow you harvest the honey without having to upset the hive. The concept is that in the main hive is enough honey/honeycomb to sustain the swarm, so anything outside the hive is considered to be waste. Adding an additional box yearly allows the bees to be able to put the honeycomb somewhere else local. So, watch this space for honey updates as the years roll by and please let me know any good recipes for that use honey that I can get researching!
If you’re interested in owning your own bee habitat, please see the flyer that the very clever man (Gardener’s beehive) behind the construction left with us. Please let him know we sent you.