Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Things to consider before you get bees

A beehive (or two) is an excellent addition to a homestead, even in an urban area, as they don’t take up much space. Bees not only provide honey, but also pollination services and beeswax. Since we’ve had a couple of beehives near our vegetable garden I’ve had the best crop of pumpkins and capsicums since I started growing vegetables, which I am sure is due to flowers being pollinated more effectively. I also use the beeswax to make salves and we sell the excess honey.



Bees have worked out really well so far, however, getting bees is a big decision and there’s a few things that you should consider first.  I've written a guest post over at Imperfectly Happy, so you can pop over there to read about what I think you should consider before getting bees.

Read my other posts about bees here:

Eight Acres: Guest Post: Bee-Keeping and Happy Neighbours

Eight Acres: Buying honey bees

Eight Acres: Getting started with beekeeping - with Vickie from ...

Eight Acres: Beginner beekeepers - wiring frames and foundation

Eight Acres: Getting started with beekeeping - with Leigh from 5 ...

Eight Acres: Getting started with beekeeping - Erik and Kelly from ...

And more posts about bees here





3 comments:

  1. Liz, How timely. Just yesterday I was down at our local apiarist supplies place getting info on equipment/boxes etc. It is our plan to get some bees in spring for the same reasons as you. Shall read your info carefully, thank you.

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  2. great post Liz! When we move on to our land next year I definitely want to get bees, I'll keep an eye open for any future bee related posts :)

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  3. I will be coming back to these posts when we get to NZ and are looking at getting bees.

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