Well, I have finally taken up a new hobby that most people have probably never even thought of venturing towards – beekeeping. I have had this weird desire to have my own little colony of bees for as long as I could remember since living in the countryside and now I finally have the opportunity to do it right. The payoff is huge if you have the patience for it and once I scouted out locations and did the necessary research, I am not eagerly awaiting the first batch of honey from my colony.
Of course, there’s more to it than that as it can be quite a complicated process, but once I got into it, I was able to find a great beehive to truly get started. I’ve definitely been bitten by this beekeeping project as of late and know that I have to always remember that finding the right hive placement is crucial to getting a good batch of honey. And if you truly know the benefits of honey, then you know that using it on your hair with the help of shower heads is also a great idea. Anyway, a few guidelines are good to know if you are looking to get started, so I thought I would share my tips and experiences here with everyone.
Bees Are Adaptable
There’s a reason why you see bees all over the world. They are able to live just about anywhere, no matter the conditions. So whether you live in the middle of a metropolis or in the countryside like myself, you have the option of being either an urban beekeeper or a rural one. You can even keep hives inside walled gardens. There are even some associations for beekeeping that develop yards for members to grow their own colonies.
Since I live in a rural community, I knew I had carte blanche to do as I pleased because there are no municipalities around me that forbid hives and I have plenty of room to start a colony. Where you place your beehive really depends on you. The hives don’t typically take up so much space and bees will fly maybe a mile away for pollen, water, and nectar, the essentials for a bee diet.
Something that many don’t know is that you don’t have to have flowers all around your yard in order to get started. Of course, this may help matters since bees are pollinators but the most important aspect is that the beehive is elevated from the ground. I decided to build mine in a tiny stand made of wood. It simply made it easier to lift it at the end of the day as it tends to get heavy with honey over time. A few colonies sit on wooden stands but it really doesn’t matter, so long as you find a method that works best for you. A plastic hive stand is a great choice as well since it is sturdy and able to hold all of the hives. Plus, it is easy to transport and lift off the ground.