Glyn has provided a work sheet, see below, to prepare the apiary for this year.
You will see there is quite a lot to do so it would really be appreciated if you could come and help.
If you could also bring your own tools, eg spade secateurs branch loppers rake gardening gloves bee suit clean hive tool small hammer for making frames, and even cake, then we could get a good start. It will also be a chance to meet new and old members
Apiary Preparation Day 9:30am Saturday 30th March
Main Wooden Shed
- Remove most of contents and sweep out
- Scrape clean supers, crown boards, queen excluders, brood boxes etc. (Clean hive tools required)
- Lightly blow-torch all cleaned hive parts to disinfect, do not heat plastic runners on hives.
- If possible, repair any damaged hive parts or set aside to be done later.
- Anything that can be taken away for cleaning – varroa boards, feeders (Volunteers required)
- Place all old fondant (from hives) in the plastic bags provided. (Do not burn)
- Restack shed
Under Shelter at the bench
- Insert foundation into assembled frames. (Small hammers required)
- Assemble more frames if required
- Repair damaged hive parts where necessary.
Plastic Shed – store of drawn comb/old honey frames
- Empty shed completely remove debris & sweep out. Clean super bases and lids
- Assess state of super/brood frames. Keep or burn as necessary.
- Restack shed making sure any honey supers are sealed with base and lid.
Other work around sheds
- Remove Nuc boxes from ‘toilet cubicle’ clean, reassemble nuc boxes and restack (+fix floors to sides)
- Remove any general litter from whole site. buckets/lids etc
- Move abandoned old mower to rear of shelter area
- Restore garden areas around shed plinth.
- Clean gutters of shed and shop
Apiary grounds (Bee suits may be needed to be worn)
- Remove any remaining soil heaps – barrow the material to bank up hedgerow lines. (Spades required)
- Clean out/scrape/blowtorch any dead hives. Burn bees & damaged/affected frames
- Remove any stones/brick rubble from proposed mowing areas of grounds (Spades required)
- Scrape any vegetation that remains over concrete paths down the site (Spades required)
- Repair/ hammer in any loose shelter posts around hives, re-attach any loose windbreak material.
Container store room (front section only, second-hand equipment for sale)
- Remove hive parts and clean
- Assess for selling as complete hives and or separate items and price up (can be sold if agreed)
- Restack in Container
Finally Relax Tea/Coffee Cakes!