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Bee stump

using an old tree stump to support a bee hive box

We normally support bee hive boxes with a couple of cinder blocks, but getting some without the ATV would have been a Anna says she would like this new box a little higher.

I'd say it took less than a half hour to cut the stump to size and level off a piece of scrap plywood so it sits at a slight incline so water won't drain inward.

It would have been nice to put a layer of paint on it...but since we were moving the new swarm in within the hour I elected to let it go bare. I don't know if paint fumes would have been enough to drive them away, but we didn't want to chance it.

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How cool!!!
Comment by Michelle Wed Jun 26 17:24:15 2013
I know there is beeswax furniture polish... I wonder if a beeswax treatment would have been a good idea for your piece of plywood... it should provide at least a modicum of water and weather protection? I've never seen or heard it done, so maybe it's a silly idea.
Comment by Katharina Thu Jun 27 10:40:38 2013

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