A couple of weeks ago I had a day off while Tommy was at nursery. Time to myself! Trying not to feel guilty, I went to a ‘Pollinator day’ on 20th July at Kew.
The day involved lots of talks by bee experts, along with display tables to visit, a chance to flutter between honey tasting to a nest of bumblebees to seeing hand pollination in action. My favourite honey was made from coffee flowers, a rich dark honey. You can see tweets from the day by looking at the #pollinatorday… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its own dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping generally includes purchasing bees and the needed gear. Yet, some people who are beginning this hobby normally make a few errors. It’s acceptable to make mistakes, and this article can help new beekeepers prevent making the same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to begin a beekeeping company or hobby can prove to be a calamity. It often leads to some lack of your bees and money. Since most bees die during the wintertime winter is the worst possible time to start. This would induce a beekeeper to buy a brand new batch of bees, which would cost more cash. Fall is another inferior time to begin beekeeping, since you will find fewer flowers, thus a smaller quantity of honey harvested. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are loads of blooms that are blooming.
2. Purchasing used gear and old books. That is a typical mistake made by many start beekeepers. Purchasing used gear and old beekeeping novels isn’t a great thought, although it is understandable that one would want to save money as much as possible. First, used equipment can come with “familial” difficulties. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would definitely affect the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation particularly if a beekeeper is planning to begin a honey-selling business. Second, old novels can supply dated information on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are better and more rapid methods production honey and to keep beehives.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think relating to this. He/she’ll come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body, if one doesn’t wear protective gear when managing the hives and collecting the honeycombs. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers prevent having to pay medical bills.
These three blunders have been presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. It’s a good idea to consult a professional beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a certain thing appears overly high-priced, always consider the end cost ( in case that they do not purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it is up to the person to decide the best strategy.