In our last blog post, we went over a few of the different supplies that are found in beehives and how they can be beneficial to both bees and humans. We reviewed just how helpful beeswax and pollen both are when it comes to what they provide for both bees and humans. While these two extra ingredients are extremely beneficial, they are not the only ones that we use from the hive. In our post today we are going to visit three more components of the beehive, one of them being the most commonly thought of ingredient: honey. Aside from that, we will review the ways that royal jelly and propolis play a part in the honey making process and how they are used long after the hive has done its job.
Spring isn’t far away, and whether you’re a novice or veteran in the beekeeping trade, you might be thinking about starting up a(nother) colony of your own. There are a lot of things to consider – from where you’re going to situate the hive, to what protective gear you’re going to need. The host of decisions can be daunting, but once you’ve got a colony up and buzzing (and several pots of scrumptious honey on the shelves), you’ll find there’s nothing more rewarding than this age-old hobby.
How you begin to build your colony is one of the more significant decisions you’re going to make. After all, even if you get everything else just right, the success of your harvest will inevitably hinge upon the animals themselves. Beekeepers have two choices in this regard: they can start with a nuc, or a package.