Now is a good time to take care of some things that need done, but never seem to get to the top. However, after reviewing the citrus trees in the backyard, need to get ready for the nectar flow coming in a week, or so.
Making boxes, then painting them….that has been the work to do, the last few days. You can see 3 different sizes of boxes in the pic below :
a) largest ones (top and bottom), are called “deeps”…these are for the bee colony to “make their home” and live in. They are the first 2 boxes to sit on the hive stand, then comes :
b) the “mediums” boxes, which are sometimes called “supers”, because they go on top of the deeps. Supers ?? : A prefix from Latin, with the basic meaning “above, beyond.” Words formed with super- have the following general senses: “to place or be placed above or over” (superimpose, supersede), “a thing placed over or added to another” (superscript; superstructure; supertax), then :
c) the “shallows”. these will be used to collect the honey and available as “comb honey”
Painting allows for beekeepers to express their “physical artistic” nature, as opposed to Photoshop, which is a means to express their “digital artistic” nature !!
This beekeeper does both !!!