Simon’s Beekeeping Year 2015 (Ilkley, Yorkshire)
Guest post by Simon from Ilkley, with occasional comments by me!
“Simon, I’ve got bees in our garden, and there seems to be rather a lot of them!”
It was a normal Saturday afternoon in June and I was out with the family, about an hour away from home, when the phone call came through.
“I’ll be right back!” I said cheerily to our (chronically bee unsympathising) neighbour and with a h… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping typically includes the gear that is needed and buying bees. Yet, some individuals who are starting this avocation generally make a few blunders. It is ok to make mistakes, and also this article can help new beekeepers prevent making the exact same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avert:
1. Not knowing the best time to begin avocation or a beekeeping company can end up being a disaster. It may lead to some loss of your bees and money. Since most bees die during the winter, winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would compel a beekeeper to purchase a fresh batch of bees, which would cost more cash. Fall is another poor time to begin beekeeping, since there are fewer blooms, so a smaller number of honey harvested. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which can be the time of the year where there are plenty of blooming blooms.
2. Purchasing used gear and old books. That is a familiar mistake made by many beginning beekeepers. Buying used old and gear beekeeping novels isn’t a great thought, although it is understandable that one would want to conserve money as much as possible. First, used gear can come with “familial” issues. The extractor factory outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would definitely impact the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is intending to commence a honey-selling company. Second, info that is dated can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional method when there are more rapid and better means manufacture honey and to maintain beehives.
3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think about this. If one doesn’t wear protective gear when managing the hives and gathering the honeycombs, he/she will come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers. Protective gear is pricey, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers prevent spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three mistakes are presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. It’s best to consult with a specialist beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a particular thing appears overly expensive, always think about the ending price (if they do not buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it’s up to the person to decide the best plan of action.