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2 new hives for 2012 !

March 19, 2012

Urban Beekeeping in Vancouver has rules. Not too many but they do limit the amount of Hives you can keep on a residential property. I am limited to 2 hives where I live, but Vancouver's bylaw says that hives can be placed in community gardens!  I have been working with the Still Creek Community Garden and this year the Bees were approved at the annual meeting!! Still Creek Garden is a large garden that sits on 5 city lots and contains approximately 45 double plots.  It is the 2nd year of the garden and people are very excited to have the bees. I picked a spot away from most of the plots and has good south east exposure. Because the location is near the sidewalk and a home there needed to be a windbreak/fence built to minimize the exposure to both. Here is what I came up with. [caption id="attachment_681" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="bamboo fence"]bamboo fence[/caption] [caption id="attachment_680" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="view of fence from garden"]view of fence from garden[/caption] There will be basic beekeeping workshops for the interested gardeners starting on April 6 when we install the one package that was ordered.  The 2nd hive will hopefully be populated from one of my own hives that are so far healthy and robust.  Look for more posts as the weather improves here. ( -2 Celsius this morning with snowy periods!) This weekend calls for 15 Celsius so it will be the first full inspection of the year for my hives. Looking forward to more bees in 2012!

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