First, the bee box sits on a patch of cleared ground covered in gravel. This helps cut down on pests crawling in to the hive to steal honey or harm the bees. Hive beetles area real problem.
The front door! That's it, a little on inch opening that the starter colony will move in and out of. I will enlarge over time as the hive grown in population.
Inside, a series of panels ready for the bees to make honeycomb on. We have rubbed the base panels with a little beeswax to get them started. In less than a year, with a little luck, the panels will be covered with brood, beeswax, bees 'bread' and honey. Now, all we need are some bees!