Does the thought of your own homemade honey sound appealing? Are you curious about the strange and wondrous lives of honeybees? Not allergic? Want to do your part to keep healthy, happy bees in our world? Then beekeeping might be right for you.
How Bees Make Honey
Before you jump in and start ordering supplies, let's take a step back and understand exactly how a hive works and what bees do. Bees make nests in nature, fly to flowers and extract nectar, then bring the nectar back to the hive and comb, where it slowly becomes honey.
How to Set Up Your Beehive
To keep bees, you need a beehive. You will provide a man-made hive for your bees so you can help maintain the colony and easily harvest the honey.
There are a few different choices for the backyard or larger-scale beekeeper. Langstroth and top-bar hives are the most commonly found types.
What is involved in taking care of your bees? Much like gardening, beekeeping tasks are best divided by the season.