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  1. #1
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    May 2010
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    Fort Lauderdale, FL
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    Default shadeboards, anti-ant moat stands, live EO plants... (hobbyist luxuries)

    Have mineral oil in small plexi moats above the cement blocks.
    Plants are spearmint and thyme, lemongrass soon.
    Shade boards are rest on, with 1.5" air gap, easy to use,
    also keep rain out of entrance.
    Angled landing boards are human engineered,
    maybe unnecessary, not sure.

    Hammock and umbrella optional.


  2. #2
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    Jun 2008
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    Sacramento,California,USA
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    Default Re: shadeboards, anti-ant moat stands, live EO plants... (hobbyist luxuries)

    No no, the hammock and umbrella should be required components, not optional
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

  3. #3
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    Ayer, Massachusetts
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    Default Re: shadeboards, anti-ant moat stands, live EO plants... (hobbyist luxuries)

    Nice setup!
    www.maxantindustries.com
    American made Honey Processing Equipment "Built to last a lifetime"

  4. #4
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    Mar 2010
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    Greensburg, Ky.
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    Default Re: shadeboards, anti-ant moat stands, live EO plants... (hobbyist luxuries)

    I like your set-up, i wished i would have had my hives alil closer when i first started out so i didnt have to move them at all. I guess you can say i didnt think ahead!
    Spring time when i split the hives i will fill in the "work" space in between the hives.


  5. #5
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    May 2009
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    Sandy Ridge, PA
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    Default Re: shadeboards, anti-ant moat stands, live EO plants... (hobbyist luxuries)

    That is an awsome setup! Next year I plan to do splits and I think I would like to do something like that. Thanks for the picture. I wanted to do a split this year but the black bear stopped by for a snack.

  6. #6
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    May 2010
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    Default Re: shadeboards, anti-ant moat stands, live EO plants... (hobbyist luxuries)

    forgot to post pic of installed clear front super.
    Been on one week, colony is not that populous.
    will add a opaque swing, light block, for when not viewing.
    Again not sure if bees care about some light.


  7. #7
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    Jun 2010
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    Calvert, Md,USA
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    Default Re: shadeboards, anti-ant moat stands, live EO plants... (hobbyist luxuries)

    Good thing I live so far away,,,,,,I could see me sneakin down to your place and dumpin a jar of honey on you when you're napping in the hammock!!!!

    Rick SoMd

  8. #8
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    Nov 2004
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    Camas, WA
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    Default Re: shadeboards, anti-ant moat stands, live EO plants... (hobbyist luxuries)

    One thing that I notice when I push a super back to create an upper entrance is that the bees don't want to draw the foundation out near the ends where the light comes in. I think that something to block the light most of the time might be wise.

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