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Eco-Floor Contents Harvesting Day!

Just before installing colonies in new hives I go out and harvest the detritus that I put in each new eco-floor.  My goal is to duplicate, as closely as possible, the micro-ecology that exists in the bottom of a hollow tree cavity; the kind of cavity that wild honey bee colonies choose to live in.

This year I found a huge, dead, rotting stump.  The stump was about 4 feet tall and 4 feet in diameter.  It had been a huge tree before it died and fell over.  The wood was so soft, rotten, and punky that I was able to pull it apart with my hands and harvest the gold mine of detritus on the inside.  I filled two barrels with it:

Back at the apiary, I filled each eco-floor with the material:

While dumping the material into this eco-floor, I discovered that I had inadvertently "harvested" an old Smirnoff bottle as well:

I decided to leave it in there!


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