I thought I'd start a thread showing my beekeeping adventures. I've wanted to get bees for a couple of years. It finally took Jack what's his name and 13 skills to get me off my butt to get them.
I ordered my equipment. I went with an inspection jacket with veil. I also picked up a smoker, and a couple of hive tools. I plan on not using gloves, but I'll take a pair of work gloves out with me just in case. I also have duct tape in my bucket.
I live on a hill, so I first had to level out the area. Initially I went with 2 of the big cinder blocks, but they weren't quite big enough to give the proper support. So I added that back cinder block. Next hives, I'll just use 3 standard sized cinder blocks. They are level side to side and slightly leaning forward to allow any water that gets in to drain out.
I painted up the hives. I found a local builder that makes these hives. A couple of the features I really like about these is that they are all screwed together. I like screws in place of hives. They also put a metal "frame perch" in there to protect the wood. They are the same price as the mail order places and I can just swing by to pick them up. I do have to pay sales tax, but I know who I'm dealing with and they have been very helpful on my quest to get bees.
I put them in place on the cinder blocks. Obviously these are just outside my garden area. I plan on surrounding them with some flowering bushes, but haven't decided on which yet. I want flowers early so the bees can forage nearby early in the year. I also want them to act as a wind break in the winter and to sort of hide the bees from sight of the road.
Only problem is the bees aren't being delivered on Saturday like I thought. There's a delay in the packaging. Any of you down in Georgia, feel free to step in at the various bees suppliers and give them a hand to get my bees to me.
I'll update the thread as I make changes. I also have some of it documented on my blog.