Amongst the McMansions of Marsfield sits our humble home and out the front on the street verge, our top bar Kenyan beehive. Admired by many walkers, it starts many a conversation and since setting it up, around 12 months ago I have met more neighbours than over the last 12 years. It even keeps dogs off the edibles!
The top-bar nestles amongst the herbs and flowers and blends into the garden. It’s the attractive beehive. I prefer it to the Warre and the traditional hives (which we also have) as it doesn’t have heavy boxes you need to lift – just the inside frames and the lid. It supports two colonies and I expect to harvest around 30 kg of honey this year. It’s important to put it right out front in sight and in mind. Its a statement that its time to get serious about helping bees and the planet.