We are in the process of getting ready to order and set up our Flow Hive in North Lake WA. we have obtained the necessary registrations and approvals and joined the local Apiarist Club so are busy gathering all the information we can.
The location we had chosen for our hive (guided by the local council requirements) is in the back corner of our yard, within an open garden shed (sections removed from the roof and sides) and facing north. Within about 2 to 3 metres of the front of the hive are vegetable gardens that we water on a daily basis. Do you think this will trigger the guard bees? Are there times of the day when the guard bees are less active? We could put a screen in front of the hive (2 or so metres away) to ‘blind’ our activities and encourage the bees to fly upwards - would this be safer?