Re: the "eco floor"
Darn thing, just now read this.
Originally Posted by BernhardHeuvel
I should have taken picture yesterday, while splitting a hive.
Will do the next time - the floor is FULL of trash they pulled out of the meshed walls (that I am testing) and dumped on the floor.
But the trash will be right there, on the floor, next time I will look into it in 2-3 weeks.
Will take a photo and hang right here to show you.
Deep frame (Layens or deeper) and deep floor under it - they will not clean.
This is not a theory - this is the real observation.
In fact, this is a common complain about traditional Spanish beekeeping ways (which the Gov is trying to eradicate and so far failing).
The Spaniards traditionally keep their bees in "dirty" Layens hives where hive floor hygiene very difficult to maintain.
Guess what, the bees do not care to clean the floors in the proper deep hives.
All I am saying - living in excessively sterile environment is bad for everyone (people, dogs, bees, what have you).
This is a wider topic and well researched by now.
PS: to be sure - compost (i.e. rotten vegetable remains) belongs in my veggie garden (which is where I dump it, appropriately).
But continue to dump compost into your hives, if it doesn't help the bees, it might help the beekeeper (you) to a better feeling.
Last edited by GregV; 05-06-2019 at 10:41 AM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.