How To Start Beekeeping In Your Back Garden

Beekeeping is not a popular hobby due to the thought of stinging bees invading your gardens which is understandable. By any chance, if you enjoy the sight of honey bees flying around your garden landing and collecting pollen from all your flowers then this article may come in handy for you. Beekeeping will reward you with lots of honey, beeswax and propolis, and help with the pollination of flowers. Lucky for you we will give you a step-by-step guide to start your own beekeeping journey.

Step-By-Step Guide

Step 1

Before you start planning and buying equipment, research your local beekeeping regulations to confirm you are legally allowed to keep bees. If your area permits keeping bees on your property, let them know so they can give you guidelines. The appropriate thing to also do would be to ask your neighbors if it would be alright for this to happen.

Step 2

Build fences about 2.5m(8ft) high out of wood or nets to protect everyone around. The Fences will make sure your bees are safer and they will have to fly over the fence which means they won’t fly close to people.

Step 3

Purchase a beehive to provide a home for the bees. There are many different types of beehives, but we would advise getting a Langstroth hive, or a top bar hive. Each comes with its own benefits, so take some time to research the hives and find the one most suitable for you. Some people even prefer buying used hives as they are cheaper and more adaptable for the new bees. The only downfall to buying a used beehive is the possibility of the hive being contaminated. If you are buying a used Hive make sure to check that beehive is clean and good to use.

Once you’ve bought your beehive make sure to put it in a place that is close to trees flowers, and freshwater. when you have chosen a spot for your beehive, secure it with a metal cover to help protect the colony from wind and rain.

Step 4

Before buying bees make sure to buy the full protective clothing. Bees can sense when people are frightened and it can get overwhelming approaching thousands of bees. Safety clothing is a necessity for beginner beekeepers. You will need to get gloves, boots, a hat, and a veil.

Step 5

Now that everything is set up it’s time to get your bees in. There are several different kinds of honey bees to choose from. The most popular for beginners will be the Italian honey bee and the Buckfast bees. These bees are gentle and are good at pollinating.

Once your bees are in the hive and everything has started, maintaining bees doesn’t require a lot of effort. Checking on the hive once or twice a week is enough to make sure the bees are healthy. To make sure your hive is thriving check if the queen is in the hive and the bees are laying eggs.

When your bees are comfy and thriving numbers, you can invest in a honey extractor and claim your rewards.

Domas. A