Most beehives serve to produce honey commercially, but new hives are emerging that focus on providing a home for bee colonies, with honey simply a bonus.
The Gardeners’ Beehive is one such system. The hive replicates a natural hollow, such as a tree stump, that wild honeybees can create a nest in. Start by placing the hive in an area that receives an hour or so of full sun in summer and full sun all the time in winter – under a deciduous tree is ideal. Then, wait for the bees to move in, in spring – this can be aided by baiting the hive. At the bottom of the hive is the all-important symbiotic mulch, which contains a mix of microorganisms that would be found in a natural tree hollow. If you’re after honey, you can attach the optional honey boxes, where your bees will squirrel away extra honey away from the main reserves, which can be harvested without impacting the health of the colony.
While the purpose of the hive is to provide an artificial habitat for honeybees and isn’t geared towards honey production, it’s recommended that the winner receive appropriate training and join a local beekeeping association.
We have one prize available to win, comprising of a Gardeners’ Beehive, including bee bio symbiotic mulch, swarm lure, fibreglass roof and one honey box, worth £377.
For more information on the Gardeners’ Beehive, visit gardenersbeehive.com.
- We have one prize available to win, comprising of a complete Gardeners’ Beehive, including bee bio symbiotic mulch, swarm lure, fibreglass roof, one honey box and full instructions, worth £377, from Gardeners’ Beehive
- The closing date of the competition is noon, Thursday 25 October, 2018
- The winner will be notified and prize sent out after this date
The closing date for this competition is noon, Thursday 25 October, 2018. Please note that this competition is open to UK residents only.
Please read our competition rules below before you enter.