Bobby Colson has agreed to provide two new beehive content. Harry Chapman has donated a ten frame beehive box and super from his assembly operations. Mark & Ruth will get the hive stand modified to accommodate two ten frame beehives.
We visited the gardens on Thursday the 7th and picked up the hive stand and the boxes from the 10 frame hive, leaving the drawn out frames in the freezer until next week when we will use them to augment the new hives now that the surviving frames should be safe now, after the two months of freezing to kill all pests. They may provide a source of food for the new bees to get established and the dead pests the bees will carry out. Maybe the carcass will be a warning to other pest invaders? Nah.
Ruth checked out the activity of the bees at the observation hive entrance to find them busy.
We picked up the club vaporizer from TMB to treat the new bees right away. Below is a photo of the green nuc resting in a new temporary position on cement blocks. Activity at this hive has seemed to strengthen a bit since the last visit, however it was close to 90℉. The red coffee cans at the right rear are the moat that was filled with vegetable oil to deter ants from making their way into the hive. They had filled with water, the gardens have planed decorate flowers near the hive that need watering. So the moats were flooded and the oils contaminated creating a cottage cheese like emulsion inside the cans, but still no ants. Warning the two wood pieces nailed to what appears to be the side of the nuc are not handles, they are lid extensions. If you try to pick up the box by these wood you will get a face, or bonnet screen full of bees.
Ron Lee has volunteered through email to help out with maintenance of the hives at the gardens. Hope to see him there schedules allowing.