Come one guys, hands up those of you who have thought of this before. Any of you think what it may be like to make your own honey. Maybe some of you did before because you all so enjoy your honey over your favourite breakfast cereals or with your organic peanut butter and banana sandwich. Because you are swinging towards healthy eating and living in a big way, you are taking honey with your tea instead of spooning white sugar into your favourite mug. While we’ll be focusing on just a few key areas of beekeeping for you to think about, should we remind the new readers why honey is just so much better than white and brown sugar.
We don’t see why not. Yes, we do mean going organic as well. That’s quite important in this day and age. It is necessary in order to sustain plant and animal life indefinitely. In order for these natural environments to thrive, we also need to get our act together. But let’s clear up the white sugar issue first. You find most of your processed foodstuffs today contain refined, processed white sugar which is extremely bad for your fat consumption levels and your metabolic health. Little did many people know that not all or most honey products, of the honey on our supermarket shelves is good for us.
There is a good reason for this. For one thing, it’s not organic. These honeys are, first of all, stored in plastic containers. That should already be ringing alarm bells in your ears. Because many of you should know by now that plastic kills the environment. Also, the honey that’s inside of these non-sustainable and harmful containers is processed and, startlingly, contains loads of white sugar and even corn syrup. As a consumer, what you need to be looking out for are those organic product labels.
As a beekeeper, going organic may just prove to be easier than we would have imagined. But you need to make sure that your little garden is as organic and attractive as possible to keep the bees from buzzing away over the wall. Beyond your four garden walls, inorganic pests loom. And you do need to be reminded to never use harmful pesticides in your own organic garden. Bees feeding off the pollen that’s been dusted by non-organic pesticides automatically lose their status as organic bees. And so too the honey that they produce.
Playing things safe
Perhaps this is why most folks won’t try this at home. They’re just too darn scared of being stung by not just one bee, but hordes of them. Perhaps some of you have already encountered a bee sting or two. It wasn’t pleasant at all. So, the human fear of honey bees is understandable. But listen up guys, there’s really nothing to be scared of. Bees are not out to get you. All they’re really trying to do is protect their queen and the rest of their hive and the sweet honey that they produce. And know this too, the moment a little bee stings you, it dies.
That’s really quite tragic. But you’ve actually got nothing to lose and everything to gain. You have nothing to be scared of. Most of the time, you’ll be well protected by shade cloth, thick overalls and rubber gloves and gumboots. While you’re tending to your hives or scooping out honey from the honeycombs, the bees can sting you as much as they like, you’ll be unharmed. Do note that they’re admirably tenacious little creatures, so a bee or two may still slip under the covers. Before you get started on beekeeping, check yourself in with the doctor and check to make sure that you don’t have any allergies that bees could give you.
Rules and regulations
Taking stings and numbers into account, you’ll need to be mindful of your neighbours as well. For goodness’s sake, what if your bees swarm over the wall. This could still happen, you know. First check with your neighbours if it’s alright for you to start keeping bees. You also need to check the rules and regulations of your town or city governing the keeping of, sad to say this, potentially harmful creatures within urban environments.
The size of your apiary
Generally speaking and unless you’re living on a smallholding or farm, your garden or yard space is going to be limited. So stick to one hive.
What must grow around it
To all intents and practical purposes, this may just be one of the easiest implications to consider and to put into place before setting up your domestic apiary. Getting back to rules and regulations, if your city turns you down, maybe it’s time to sell up and move to the countryside.