Winter is the time that many beekeepers sort through their inventory of supplies before things get busy in the spring. At the Transition Garden, we are planning to expand our apiary to two hives this coming year, and we purchased new hive boxes. We also ordered a new colony (a ‘nuc’) from a respected bee breeder in the area.
The prep work includes painting the new boxes, lid and ‘bottom board’ as well as preparing frames with new beeswax foundation for the bees to build out new comb for storing their honey. Painting in an empty greenhouse is perfect because the heat drys the paint quickly!