Have you always thought about keeping bees in your back garden but didn’t know where to start? We’ve put together this article to give you a brief overview of the growing passion!
If you’re anything like us, we like something to keep us busy in our back garden and smallholdings with planting or livestock, anything to make us feel productive.
This is why we’ve found the best time for you to start beekeeping straight from your garden is right now.
Keeping bees can be a fantastically rewarding hobby and there are several things to think about before you take the plunge and get your first hive.
We’ve put together handy guides for bees and beekeeping advice so you know how to get started, the essential equipment you’ll need, how to acquire bees, how to make money with bees and how to increase your honey yield.
Beekeeping only requires a small amount of your time- in fact sparing around 30 minutes per week for a hive is honestly enough. Weekends can also be a good time to pay attention to the bees.
Bees are mostly affected by the weather, so consider visiting the hive in good weather. Beekeeping is flexible farming, a garden is the only thing you need and you can start beekeeping anywhere, a larger garden is not a must.
There might be a chance you’ll be bothered by your neighbour’s perception of your new hobby. If you’ve got a huge garden, your judgy neighbours won’t even know your little secret and will even appreciate the number of bees pollinating their flowers.
However, if you’ve got a smaller garden, please carefully plan the beehive site and strictly purchase good-tempered bees. Always buy from reputable suppliers.
Install the beehive in a way that the doorway of the hive doesn’t point into a footpath or busy area of the garden. You can also look for tips on how to design your garden.
A kilo of honey represents nectar from around about four million flowers and one bee in its busy lifetime will produce only a quarter of a teaspoon of honey.
That kind of makes you like it, even more, doesn’t it? The best thing, of course, is that honey tastes delicious but even more delicious if it comes from your own back garden bees.