As our first year cutting garden is noticeably attracting many bees, we decided to take the advice of our local bee keeper Tim Moore. Tim found the perfect quiet spot in a private area of the garden to site a decoy hive, which hopefully will attract a swarm who will take up residence.
Honey bees like to occupy vacant previously occupied hives. Tim has created a very desirable residence from parts of old hives. To allow a colony time to establish and thrive can take three years so we will not expect a harvest too soon. Fortunately we can watch the hives progress from our sitting room window and with Tim’s guidance hope to be able to update the blog with a hive of activity!