Last weekend I got the final coat of paint on the bee box and this weekend I was hoping to get it positioned somewhere up on the hill. I needed to have some kind of base that would be sturdy but also impregnable to ants. Apparently ants can do a number on bees so a lot of people have legs that can be set inside containers that hold something to prevent the ants from crossing.
Azalea and Marc and Max have very slick pipes that screw into the base of box. They look great and can be adjusted to make the box level, but when is saw how much they cost (almost $24 for all the pieces) and after spending so much for my SWCs I decided I needed to find another solution.
I scavenged around the yard and found a couple 2x4s that were long enough to do something with. I made a frame that was 16"x 6' with a couple cross braces in the middle. I figure I can fit at least two hives on here or maybe three. I always thought that bees were territorial and needed to be separated but they seem to do OK closer together. This way I don't have to build a base for each hive.
I had some leftover rebar from building the stairs.
So I drilled holes in the bottom of the base and pounded the legs in with a hammer
The whole contraption seems pretty solid. I could stand on it. I hope that I'm heavier than a couple bee hives.
This is my finger. I just thought it was a pretty color orange.
I found a place on the hill that is fairly out of the way but also easy to access.
I should have known any work on the hill would require digging.
I finally managed to get it level and firmly in place.
Now all I need is the bees.