A few years ago something about honeybees sparked my interest. I can’t pinpoint exactly the event or moment that started my passionate research, but here I am: entering my second winter season as a beekeeper. I just put the bee escapes on my hives yesterday – you can read about it here – in order to clear the bees out of the honey supers so I can come back to collect this year’s honey.
The honey was probably what started it all: DIY honey. How sweet is that? Mmmm. Very sweet, as it turns out – but I had to wait two summers to get it! My honeybee blog is an adventure story: a record of my good and worse moments, my learning moments, and all the help I’ve had along the way.
Before I bought my bees, I spent a good year researching and learning hands-on. I wanted to be sure that I really wanted to do it. Turns out, bees are incredibly fascinating. It’s beyond honey now. I like bees for bees. And honey. But bees are cool too. Only 5% of bees make honey. The rest still pollinate and are very important to the well-being of humankind on the planet; without bees we would only have about 1/3 of our food choices left to us.
Not everyone needs to be a beekeeper in order to help the bees; plant some flowers, or veggies that are actually fruits – like squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers – and you will be providing a food source for wild bees. They will pollinate your crops and you will have food to eat. Some of the nectar and pollen they collect will be used to grow the next generation of bees, and the cycle continues.
If you plant flowers and fruity veggies, thank you!!