Beau August 11th, 2009
One thing I found out about beekeeping- you need lots of storage space for woodenware, and all the other stuff that goes along with it. Our garage and other places are filling up with frames, supers and various boxes, so I decided to invest in a little storage building or shed to help keep things organized, and dedicated to beekeeping (yeah right…). I don’t ever intend to have hundreds of hives of bees, but a few more would be nice. Taking advantage of a special sale this summer, I’ve ordered an 8 x 12 building kit for about the same cost as doing it yourself, and it’s being shipped as we speak. Well, the company called and said it was “damaged in shipping… did I still want it delivered?” “Ah… no, thanks I’ll wait for one that’s not damaged thank-you-very-much.” Anyway, it’s going to arrive in a big pile of pieces that shouldn’t be too hard to put together.
The first challenge has been deciding where to put it. Much of our land is sloped, and the level areas are just too far away for convenience. So it looks like this open area in the foreground, and along the treeline may be the winner.
Our gravel drive is to the left out of view, going back to that brown building we call the barn. It’s really a big machine shed filled with equipment- tractors, mowers and other motorized stuff and tools for taking care of the place. But near the top and right side of the picture is our property line- an unkempt tree and brush line with our neighbor’s pasture behind it. We like it brushy to act as a screen along the property line. The outbuilding/shed will probably go just before that oak tree on the right, and extend out, down the slope towards the gravel drive, leaving room for trucks to get to the propane tank, etc.
Which brings me to the more challenging part- how to dig out a level foundation properly with the sloping land, making sure to support the building without too much of a grade for a ramp, stairs, etc? I’m envisioning a little gravel drive/ramp up to it, but we’ll see. That’s the big project for now, among the seeming dozens of other ones… when it’s finished it’s going to be pretty cool.