During the last few years I’ve worked hard at collecting late-flowering plants. In spring and early summer, nectar and pollen plants abound, but late summer and autumn can be a problem for pollinators. This year, I decided to take an inventory of what was blooming this first week of September. Dahlias steal the pollinator show […] Read more
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping usually involves purchasing bees and the needed gear. However, some people who are beginning this avocation usually make several mistakes. It’s alright to make mistakes, and this post can help new beekeepers prevent making the same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avert:
1. Not understanding the best time to start avocation or a beekeeping business can prove to be a disaster. It often leads to some loss of your bees and money. Since most bees die during the wintertime winter is the worst possible time to start. This would compel a beekeeper to purchase a new batch of bees, which would cost more cash. Fall is another lousy time since you will find fewer blooms, thus a smaller quantity of honey harvested to start beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which can be the time of the year where there are lots of flowers that are blooming.
2. Buying used gear and old books on beekeeping. This is a familiar error made by many start beekeepers. Buying used gear and old beekeeping books isn’t a good idea, although it is clear that one would need to save money as much as possible. First, used gear can come with “familial” difficulties. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would surely impact the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is planning to commence a honey-selling company. Second, old books can supply outdated information on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are more rapid and better methods fabrication honey and to maintain beehives.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think relating to this. If one doesn’t wear protective gear when managing the hives and gathering the honeycombs, he/she’ll come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body. Protective gear is not cheap, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers prevent having to pay medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three mistakes are presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. Before getting started beekeeping, it truly is best to consult with a professional beekeeper. If buying a particular item seems overly expensive, consistently think about the end price (if they don’t purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it’s up to the person to decide the best course of action.