Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.
Some of my sites just like yours, GG.
Everywhere I have afternoon shade - mostly for my own benefit.
I need to pic/post them.
Basically, I target to:
1)drive up as close as possible;
2)unload the gear to a central spot within the mini-yard;
3)be able to work the mini-yard as a single project - move frames/nucs between - move tools/equipment - relight the smoker - working radius of 10-20 yards/meters allows this fine.
(I don't want to be lagging all things 100-200-.... meters hive to a hive to a hive - over and over and over - just a non-starter for lots of practical reasons).
If a hives setup as a cluster (not a row), you can then easily work them within short-distance (using the center of the cluster as your base).
Pretty ergonomic/efficient; and yet the hives are well separated.
This will often require placing some hives into the bush/trees so you have a kind of a polygon shape organization, not a row.
Most often people will try to follow the tree line - well, not required and just adds to the work mileage - plugging a hive nearby, behind a bush/tree is just as good and bees don't mind.
Last edited by GregV; 07-09-2019 at 09:50 AM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.