Marco Banks wrote:A larger context question: do you want a hugel in that location? If not, wouldn't using a couple of straw bales or some ridged foam board insulation be much easier? I've seen people use pallets as a wind-break as well. Foam board is easy to cut with a utility knife and can be tied in place with some rope or wire.
A half-dozen carefully stacked bales would give the hive a lot of insulation, and will make great mulch for the garden next spring once the bees don't need them anymore. Just make sure you aren't blocking whatever winter sun might be shining on the hive.
I might be talking about something completely different than you are asking (insulation vs. wind-break), but the cross-over is evident. An insulating wall of straw or hay bales will serve as a wind-break as well as insulation if you place them close enough to the hive. Double duty. Just having a wind-break 10 feet away does nothing to help the bees keep the heat that they generate inside their hive. You would still have all that cold air pulling heat from their home, forcing them to burn a lot of their honey to keep warm and keep the hive at the correct temp.