There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about this very unique product. This page is for Farmers to find out more about the Farmers Gardeners Beehive built specifically for you guys.
Pollination comes from: bought bumblebees in boxes or by luck from wild bugs.
With the Gardeners Beehive I hope to:
Reduce the total reliance on bumblebees in boxes
Increase Honey Bee number without suppressing existing pollinators.
Increase pollination security.
In addition to the wild bugs here you will have wild bugs in a box that can be measured.
Once installed, the hives have to baited until bees move in and then after that there is no maintenance or servicing.
Hives are sold 10 at a time.
£2,000.00 no Vat
I will deliver free if you are within 2 hours drive from Stansted.
Or I will post and that is about £70.00 extra.
That is everything you need.
Hive, with roof and legs, lure, instructions, special wood chip for the inside, everything you need to get up and running.
You will notice the hive body size is the same , but the farmers version has longer legs
The farmers version is not intended for honey so there are only holes down the front as inspection holes.
The legs are mounted in the same way however they are longer allowing the hive to stand higher, thus allowing longer grass in front and around the hive
The price is lower and this can be done as the hive is not externally finished off as well as the domestic version and by sell ten at a time I can.
I you are within 2 hours drive from me, I will come to site and do some training as well as a site inspection for hive allocation. This is only viable depending on your proximity to Stansted in Essex.
Farmers Gardeners Beehive Hives are £200.00 each plus P+P
They are sold 10 at a time.
If you are with in a reasonable distance from Stansted Essex I will deliver free.
If you would like me to do a farm or site survey I charge £400.00 for 6 hours on site (one day) + flights or transport + accommodation and expenses as needed.
If you would like me to do a talk or lecture I charge £400.00 for 6 hours on site (one day) + flights or transport + accommodation and expenses as needed.
I will however do marketing educational talks depending on the number of people and the potential for sales from the meeting. for free, with in reason.
How long before I get bees? Two weeks to to years give or take. Once you have one hive filled they will then cascade over into the empty hives.
What is the difference between a NORMAL beehive like a WBC and a GARDENERS BEEHIVE?
Normal beehives are for making honey, and have to be serviced by a beekeeper every 11 days in summer. Pollination is an extra.
GARDENERS BEEHIVE if for pollination only.
If you have any questions please just call and I will be more than happy to chat on the phone.
Gardeners Beehive for farmers
There are some fundamental differences between what I would call the Gardeners Beehive hive and the Farmers Gardeners Beehive hive.
*The Farmers Gardeners Beehive hive is £200.00 each but sold 5 or 10 at a time. I will deliver free if the farm is within an hour from Stansted or 10 free delivery if with in two hours drive either way from Stansted. Further than this will incur a delivery charge and will have to be 10 at a time.
*The Farmers Gardeners Beehive hive has longer more sturdy legs, so the hive stands higher. The reason for this is to allow longer grass in front of the hive.
*The Farmers Gardeners Beehive hive is not finished off as refinally as the domestic version.
*The Farmers Gardeners Beehive beehive is not only available to farmers but any one who would like to buy in balk.
The picture above shows a very basic idea of where to place hives in relation to poly tunnels or orchids.
the arrow points North. and the hives are 50 to 100 metres from the poly tunnels or orchid but a minimum of 100 metres from each other. Ideally about 200 metres as a minimum distance from each other.
The hive entrances will face the morning sun or south.
As the Farmers Gardeners Beehive is a tree stump it ideally should be places with trees or in or along a hedge line with summer shade and winter sun, but the latter is not critical.
Bee hives should be west north and east of the target.
about 50 metres from the target
About 100 to 200 metres apart
East South or West facing
You can face then directly at the poly tunnels but it would be better to point them at the ends of the tunnels or the mass of the orchid.
Site demographics will be affect bees flight path , things like buildings and trees. More often than not bees will not fly over things but rather around them.
Once the hive is set up it will have to have the lure sprayed on once a week from mid April though to August or until bees move in.
There after there is no need for any maintenance.
The hive must remain vertical and not tilt over.
if it is knocked over by badgers it can be secured down in any number of ways or with the use of my badger kit to secure them down to the ground.
The grass in front of the hive must also be kept timed.
before they move in it must be trimmed low as possible but after they are in it can be left a little longer but the entrance must never be allowed to become obstructed.