Wending my way west

Source: https://adventuresinbeeland.com/2017/09/12/wending-my-way-west/

I have a bit of news. A couple of weeks ago Drew, Tommy and I moved to Cornwall to be near family. Apologies to anyone in Ealing I didn’t manage to say goodbye to in person, in the end time seemed to rush by. Many kind-hearted people have helped me over the years since I first started coming down to the apiary and did the Ealing beginners course nearly a decade ago, back in 2008. I’ve enjoyed many a cup of tea in nice and not-so-nice weather, as you can see from the photos below… Read More

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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping generally involves buying bees and the needed equipment. Nevertheless, some individuals who are beginning this avocation usually make a few blunders. It’s alright to make mistakes, which post can help new beekeepers avoid making the same mistakes others have before.

Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avert:

1. Not knowing the best time to begin a beekeeping company or hobby can prove to be a calamity. It often leads to some loss of cash and your bees. Winter is the worst possible time to start, since most bees die during the winter. This would drive a beekeeper to purchase a new mountain of bees, which would cost more cash. Autumn is another poor time to start beekeeping, since you will find fewer blooms, consequently a smaller quantity of honey picked. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are loads of blooming blooms.

2. Purchasing used gear and old books on beekeeping. This can be a standard mistake made by many beginning beekeepers. It’s understandable that one would need to save money as much as possible, but buying used gear and old beekeeping books isn’t a good thought. First, used gear can come with “familial” difficulties. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would surely change the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is planning to begin a honey-selling company. Second, old books can provide information that is dated on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are better and faster ways to maintain beehives and fabrication honey.

3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think about this. If one does not wear protective gear when managing the hives and gathering the honeycombs, he/she’ll most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body. Protective gear is not cheap, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers prevent having to pay medical bills.

These three mistakes have been presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. It truly is best to consult with an expert beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a certain item seems too expensive, consistently think about the ending price ( in case that they don’t purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide the best strategy.

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