1st. year bee keep here.
I have 2 hives consisting of 2 deeps each w/ screened bottom boards.
My question are:
1) Do you put in a solid panel in under the screen or leave the screen open all winter?
2) Do you recommend wrapping the hives w/ tar paper?
I have also read in a few posts about reversing the top inner board to allow the ventilation slot to keep an opening above the hive to relieve moisture, and the use of Homasote above the inner panel to soak up any moisture.
What are your thoughts?
I am on the Mass/RI boarder.