When the dining room table is covered in sweet smelling frames, you know it is that time of year...time to prepare for a new hive.
We had so much fun with our first hive that we are expanding the bee yard this year.
I had a beautiful, breezy day in early March, so I painted the hive boxes outside. The honey bees could smell the familiar scent of the frames on the wood and were very curious. Luckily no bee was hurt by the paint, but the cat (also very curious) ended up with a white paw.