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  • Beekeeping,  Getting Started

    What Are The Advantages of Beekeeping?

    You may have noticed that beekeeping can be a lot of work. Beekeepers have to tend to colonies of thousands of bees and make sure that everything is just right.  They are constantly fighting off pests, such as mites and ants, while also ensuring that the bees are producing enough honey to survive winter. So, why do people do it? What are the advantages of beekeeping?   Most people get into beekeeping because it is so interesting.  The way bees work together to make honey is truly fascinating. Other than that, the advantages of beekeeping are honey, pollination, and to help bees.  Beekeeping can also be profitable, so it’s nice to…

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    Is Beekeeping Legal in my City?

    There are many reasons to start beekeeping. You may want to harvest your own honey and beeswax, add pollinators to your garden, or you may just find bees fascinating.  And with urban beekeeping on the rise and beekeeping supplies easy to obtain, there’s no better time to become a beekeeper. But, before you start you must ask this question – is beekeeping legal in my city? If you live in the US, beekeeping is probably legal in your city. However, your city will have ordinances in place that must be followed. Scroll down to see beekeeping ordinances by state. The absolute first thing you should do before becoming a beekeeper…

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    Beekeeping,  Getting Started

    Turning Beekeeping Passion into Profit: A Guide

    Worldwide fans have long been enthralled with beekeeping, an ancient method of raising honey bees. Whether you relish the curative quality of attending to bees, the sweet nectar they produce, or their contribution to the ecosystem, there are methods to convert your ardor for beekeeping into a business endeavor. You may start beekeeping as a pastime and grow it into a successful company with the aid of this guide. 1. Discover the Beekeeping Basics You must first create a strong foundation in the fundamental abilities and information if you want to start a successful beekeeping enterprise. Consider enrolling in a thorough course, taking part in seminars, or joining a neighborhood…

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    Best Beekeeping Books for Beginners

    It’s a question many experienced beekeepers are asked – What advice do you have for someone interested in beekeeping? The answers may vary, but most will say, “Do your research!” What they mean by that is that you should take time to read about your new hobby. In particular, learn as much as you can about how bees function. Learn about their life cycle and why they do the things they do. It’s all very fascinating, so even non-beekeepers would enjoy learning these things. Luckily, nowadays there are tons of free information on the internet. Tons of resources about beekeeping are at your fingertips. However, some people may enjoy having…

  • Beehives,  Beekeeping,  Getting Started

    How Close Can Beehives Be to a House?

    Backyard beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular lately.  With beehives, beekeeping equipment, and bees easily shipped through the mail, many people can now enjoy beekeeping from their own backyard.  When deciding where to place your beehives, there are a few things to take into account.  You’ll need to consider the ground, the bee’s food and water sources, the sun, wind, and the proximity to houses.  How Close Can Beehives Be to a House? When keeping bees in a residential area especially, you don’t want your hives too close to houses.  You want to keep yourself and your neighbors safe, plus bees need ample space to fly up and over houses. But…

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    The Best Time to Start a Beehive

    The weather is finally starting to get a little warmer as spring approaches. For beekeepers, this is the perfect time to prepare for the upcoming season. For a bee colony to flourish, you want to get started at the right time. So, what is the best time to start a beehive? Why it’s Important to Start a Beehive on Time If you start too early, and the weather is too cold, the bees will be unable to forage for food. Starting a beehive in winter is a very bad idea.   Usually in the winter, the bees focus all of their energy on staying warm in their winter cluster.  They do…

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    Beekeeping,  Bees,  Getting Started,  Solitary Bees

    Where To Buy Bees For a Hive

    You chose your beehive, set it up and got it ready for it’s new little dwellers.  What’s next? Now it’s time to get your first bee colony! If you are new to beekeeping, the question of where to buy bees for a hive is a very important one.  It’s not as if you can go to the local pet store and order a box of bees. So where do beekeepers get their bees? How Do Beekeepers Get Bees? There are 3 ways beekeepers get bees.  They either buy a package of bees, buy a nucleus colony, or they catch a swarm.  The most common method for new beekeepers is to buy…

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    Where to Buy Beehives – A Guide to Buying the Perfect Hive

    Are you a budding apiarist that would like to start a beehive?  You probably already know this, but beekeeping offers many wonderful benefits and is such a fun hobby overall. If you are new to beekeeping the first thing you must consider is where to buy beehives.   If you live in an urban area, chances are that you don’t live in close proximity to a store containing beehives and beekeeping supplies.  But don’t let that deter you! Nowadays, the best way to buy a beehive is to shop online.   Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep…

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    How to Do a Hive Inspection + Free Printable Hive Inspection Sheets

    An important part of beekeeping is the hive inspection.  While healthy, established colonies may thrive without much intervention, newer colonies might need some help.  You cannot just put bees in a hive and expect everything to go well without checking on them.  The only way to know what is going on in the beehive is through regular hive inspections.   When doing a hive inspection it is good to document your observations.  It would be difficult to remember everything without keeping records, especially if you have multiple hives.  This post contains free printable hive inspection sheets that you can download and print for free.   What is a Hive Inspection? During a…

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    Guide to Urban Beekeeping

    When you think of beekeeping you may think of the rural countryside, forests, or homesteads. You may even be interested in beekeeping, but think it is not possible because you live in an urban area.  However, that is not true! Urban beekeeping is a rising trend, and with urban beekeeping kits readily available, it’s never been easier to raise bees, no matter where you live.   What is Urban Beekeeping? Urban beekeeping is basically what it sounds like – the practice of keeping and raising bees in an urban area.  It is sometimes also called backyard beekeeping, or hobby beekeeping. Beekeeping in a highly populated city may not sound feasible, but…