Want to learn about the buzz on bees? Have you ever considered starting your own beekeeping? If so, then this comprehensive list of bee articles describing the ins and outs of bees, beekeeping and tried and true practices seasoned beekeepers have experienced are fantastic resources for you!
Even if you've never considered getting into beekeeping, this informational post may help you catch the bee fever! Once you learn about these fascinating creatures and the benefits of beekeeping, you may just want to get to raising bees yourself. Read on to lean the buzz on bees!
First, simply having the buzz one bees is not enough. It is important to know how to raise bees and what is involved in beekeeping care before you consider taking on the full project. To introduce basic bee knowledge and provide insight into learning to raise bees is a wonderful post from Survival Life that we have shared with permission.
How To Raise Honey Bees
Raising honeybees can be a fun and rewarding pastime that provides you with all the fresh honey you can eat. Maintaining just one hive can even provide you with a side source of income, but many people are intimidated by the prospect of keeping a few thousand bees in their yard. However, honey bees are surprisingly docile, and modern beekeeping methods make the process extremely non-invasive and bee friendly.
To help you decide, let’s weigh the pros and cons.
- Honey is probably the obvious answer. Who wouldn’t love their own fresh batch of honey to use in recipes. A single bee can produce 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime (about 6 weeks), and with a colony consisting of thousands of bees, that can add up quickly.
- Wax is another popular product of bees. Bees convert their food and make it into the wax comb. Wax is used in many ways, including candles and cosmetics. Many creams and lipsticks contain beeswax.
- Pollination is a key component of bee life. If you want healthy plants, bees can help. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, bee pollination is responsible for $15 billion in added crop value, particularly for specialty crops such as almonds and other nuts, berries, fruits, and vegetables. About one mouthful in three in the diet directly or indirectly benefits from honeybee pollination.
- Diligent workers. There’s a reason we say “busy as a bee.” Bees are constant workers. The nice thing is that it doesn’t take a lot of work on your part to raise bees. Once you get past the initial startup costs, you now have a free labor force that will produce honey and wax that you can later sell. Bees are independent, so there is not a lot of time commitment on your part. Plan for about a half hour each week and for honey collecting twice a year. As long as you are collecting when you should be, not over or under doing it, than you will have a happy relationship with your little honey-makers for years to come.
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What's The Buzz On Bees? | Learn, Raise And Explore The Possibilities of Beekeeping
Build your own bee hive from these bee hive plan ideas, and creating a safe place for bees to live, and a safe place for honeybees to harvest honey. Saving the bees means saving all the crops that come with them!
In fact, without bees, we would be short the following foods: apples, almonds, blueberries, watermelon, cherries, peaches, rapeseed, avocados, cucumbers, cranberries,onions, blackberries, grapefruit, oranges, raspberries, cantaloupe, pumpkins, pears, and plums… to name just a few.
Want to know what bee friendly plants to put in your garden? Growing a garden takes a lot of hard work. You have to tend to it at all times and make sure that your plants are getting the nourishment they need. In order for any garden to flourish, you need pollinators in the mix.
So to ensure that you’ll have fresh fruits and beautiful flowers at all times, you have to create a bee friendly environment. If you want to attract more bees to help your garden grow, enjoy this infographic with a few tips you'll find useful!
Growing a beehive may not seem like a suitable idea for suburban homesteaders due to space limitations. If you want to start beekeeping but are concerned about the space, don’t be! There are lots of solutions out there, you can even try my favorite, DIY mason jar beekeeping.
With a little bit of research and planning, even a common suburban backyard can be a perfect place for beehives. You’ll just need some simple supplies to get started, some wood, the bees, and you guessed it, mason jars! Check out these steps so you can get started on beekeeping the easy way!
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We must save the bees! The bee population is declining, but our demand for bees and their amazing honey-producing & crop-pollinating ways is still rising! Here find one (of many) reasons why the bee colonies around the world are at risk.
Learn about why the bee population is in a state of decline and what we can do to help the bees regain their necessary place in the natural order while protecting our crops and honey yields!
While it is easy to forget about the small creatures that make it all too easy to take their constant contribution to life as we know it for granted, being well informed on bees and basic beekeeping practices is highly beneficial. You will gain a respect for their contributions, which you may have perviously overlooked. You also may just be inspired to start your own beekeeping! It's easier than you might think.
Learn the buzz on bees and just read a few of the informational posts above to take a step in the right direction towards helping the bees and all that they do to contribute to our daily life. Happy homesteading!
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