Backyard beekeeping has been on the rise in recent years. In the past, most people believed that in order to be a beekeeper, you need to live out in the country side, or on a farm. But nowadays, even people in urban areas have been known to raise bees right in their backyard or rooftop.
Not only is backyard beekeeping a fun and interesting hobby, it is beneficial to bees and the ecosystem. The bees get a safe place to live, while the beekeeper enjoys the bees’ pollination in their garden, and of course, honey.
If you have been considering starting a backyard beehive, take a look at these gorgeous setups for a bit of inspiration.
1. The Garden Hive
I love the look of this little white beehive nestled between plants in a quaint garden.
2. The Matching Hive
This backyard beehive has been painted to perfectly match the color of the house behind it. That way it fits in perfectly with the home’s decor.
3. The Top Bar Hive
This top bar hive is in the perfect spot – nestled in a backyard vegetable garden.
4. The Peaceful Retreat
This shaded area is the perfect spot to relax and check on your bees.
5. Dual Hives
This backyard is home to 2 beehives and includes a space for gardening and a handy walkway.
Tips for Starting a Backyard Beehive
Do you feel inspired to start your own backyard beehive? Read the tips below!
- Do your research. Beekeeping isn’t quite as easy to learn as some other hobbies. Before you get started, I’d recommend you do a lot of reading up on the subject before you dive in. Your method of beekeeping can also differ depending on your area and climate, so it is a good idea to seek out local beekeepers in your community. Start by looking up your local beekeepers association to find a beekeeper near you.
- Check your city’s ordinances. Each city has it’s own rules in regards to keeping beehives on your property. Before buying a hive, check these ordinances to ensure that you are able to keep bees and how many hives you can have.
- Think of your neighbors. If you have neighbors close by, consider how they would feel about bees. It’s a given that some of your bees will fly into their yard, so it’s best to be considerate. While some neighbors will have no problem with your hobby, others may have an allergy to bee stings and should not be near bees at all.
- Prepare your yard. Beehives need lots of space around them so the bees have room to fly. Prepare your yard so there is 6-8 feet around the hive. Some people also like to install a fence around the hive to make the bees fly upwards, instead of into your face. You also want to place your beehive away from high traffic areas.
Backyard beekeeping is a very rewarding hobby. Not only is it fun to raise bees, you also get the benefits of pollination and your own fresh honey. There are many different setups for backyard beehives. Do some research and choose the best backyard beehive setup for you!