Sunshine Community Garden Site Prep

In a few short weeks, I’ll be starting a hive at the Sunshine Community Garden in central Austin.

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The hive is going to be behind the garden’s offices and away from the main planting areas.

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The first step was to weed and remove brush from the area.

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I then put down a layer of decomposed granite to create a level base. Here’s a shot of me using my amazing upper body strength to tamp a level surface.

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I’m using two cinder blocks as a hive stand. You can see that my B.S in Architectural Engineering is finally paying off as I level them.

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After getting the site prepared, a wander around the gardens makes me think the girls will be very happy here.

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6 responses to “Sunshine Community Garden Site Prep

  1. Talking With Bees

    You have done an amazing job, great eye for detail and I LOVE the flowers.

    I have just started my own beekeeping blog -Talking With Bees – about how I am “regaining my sanity through beekeeping”.

    I have just reviewed a new type of beehive in the UK called a beehaus. It may be of interest, especially to backyard, urban beekeepers: http://www.talkingwithbees.com/beekeeping/beehaus-review

    • Thanks. I actually looked at the Beehaus a few years ago and it is horribly expensive in the US. Almost $1000 with shipping for one. Most US beekeeping companies have beginner kits starting at $200.

      They certainly look cool though.

      • Talking With Bees

        Even standard beehives are expensive in th UK and they need a lot of extras. I did a cost comparison on my beehaus review page and the beehaus came out cheaper. Beehives need some innovation I think, including on their price.

  2. Will Wassdorf

    I keep a hive just a few short blocks away from Sunshine. I’d be interested in stopping by and seeing your setup sometime you are over there and chatting about keeping bees in Austin.

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