By: Alan Harman
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, has been added to California’s Prop 65 list, meaning that glyphosate is “known to the state of California to cause cancer” and warning labels will be required from July next year.
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping normally includes buying bees and the gear that is needed. Yet, some people who are starting this avocation generally make a few errors. It’s ok to make mistakes, and this article can help new beekeepers prevent making the same mistakes others have before.
Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should prevent:
1. Not understanding the best time to begin a beekeeping business or hobby can prove to be a disaster. It may lead to some lack of your bees and money. Winter is the worst possible time to start, since most bees die during the winter. This would drive a beekeeper to buy a new batch of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Autumn is another lousy time to start beekeeping, since you will find fewer blooms, thus a smaller number 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 flowers.
2. Purchasing used gear and old books on beekeeping. This can be a typical mistake made by many start beekeepers. Buying used equipment and old beekeeping books is not a great idea, although it’s clear that one would desire to save money as much as possible. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” 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 change the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is planning to start a honey-selling company. Second, old novels can provide dated information on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are better and faster methods to keep beehives and fabrication honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think about this. If one doesn’t wear protective gear when managing the hives and collecting the honeycombs, he/she’ll most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers. Protective gear is pricey, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avert having to pay medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors happen to be presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. Before getting started beekeeping, it’s best to consult with an expert beekeeper. If purchasing a certain item looks overly pricey, consistently think about the end cost (if they don’t purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the end, it truly is up to the individual to determine the best strategy.