. If you want to try your hand at beekeeping, there are a few things to learn and purchase so that you can kick off this rewarding hobby right.
1. You can take a course. Colleges and community centers are great resources that can get you started, so you’re not trying to figure out the process as you go along. It’s also a great way to make friends in the beekeeping community so that you have more advanced beekeepers to go to with your questions and concerns.
2. Keep learning up on beekeeping. Find a reputable source, either online or through books and read up on common practices, and tips and tricks of the trade that you may not be aware of.
3. Get a starter kit. It should contain everything that you need to take care of your new bees. Make sure that you have at least your basics: hive bodies, frames, bottom board, entrance reducer, hive outer cover and inner cover, and feeder. Calibrate your equipment as you go along, since you will develop a better sense of what you and your bees need. So don’t worry too much about having every single piece of equipment right away.
4. Find some bees and set up your hive. You can ask some local beekeepers for advice on how to attain new bees and keep them happy. You’ll also want to set up your hive near flowers that they like and start adding frames as your hive grows and produces more honey.
5. Harvest your honey. Place a screen restrictive enough to keep the queen away from this honey, but allow the rest of the bees through. The shallow frame will be yours and you may be able to get a few more shallow frames of honey from them depending on production.
Your new hive will bring you more benefits than you anticipated. Certainly, you’ll be getting low-cost, all-natural honey with no additives—that’s the central perk of beekeeping. But you’ll also give a helping hand to the fruit and vegetable production in your garden since the bees will be pollinating blooms more frequently around their home than plants that are in areas they may just be visiting.
You’ll also have a ton of beeswax to spare, which is great for candles, lip balms and wood polishes. You can develop side hobbies in addition to beekeeping to make use of the wax. You might notice that your bees have provided a surplus of pollen and propolis as well. These two are fantastic for home remedies for allergies since they are antibacterial and come sourced from the local plants that may be causing your seasonal allergies.