The Big Greenhouse is buzzing with bees. We take unpack the hives, remove the cap off of the sugar water under the hive to give them a little extra food at the beginning.
We tape the hive to a shelf on a supporting pole. The Queens have been removed so the bumble bees are not aggressive! However, carrying them around can stir them up. They have a controlled traffic pattern in and out of the hive. One hole they enter and exit, and the other one is only an enter. This enables us to close the hive if necessary and move it around the greenhouse.
For safety, there are strips of paper over the hole so the first time we open them, we have time to get away while they chew through the paper.
The bees fly from plant to plant looking for nectar & pollen to eat. Their wing muscles vibrate as they eat and this causes the pollen to fall on the stigma, pollinating the tomatoes!