Well maybe not exactly from scratch…
My green-fingered peers from Edible Gardens built some of these hives rather inexpensively and are loaning one to me. There isn’t a colony living inside, so you can say it is an empty hive, but the conditions are perfect for a swarm to move right in. It has been spruced up with the scent of lemongrass and small pieces of beeswax, and also smoked to give bees the feeling of security, strangely enough they find comfort in a home that has a charred smell, I was told that this is because forest fires don’t usually happen in the same place and bees go for that.
Hopefully it will be occupied soon, at the moment it is near my mother’s rose plants, but I will shift them closer to the chicken coops in a few weeks. This is a case of trial and error, I’ve been told, so I need to be patient. Here’s a photo of handsome Ruffy posing next to the hive.
More updates soon!