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Garden Honey Bees and Hives


Garden Honey Bees and Hives

If you keep bees or are thinking about keeping bees in your garden, in an orchard or on the allotment, this is the group for you.



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Best flowers for bees?

Started by Alderandash. Last reply by Gareth Howell Mar 16, 2016. 3 Replies

I'm planning to plant a lot more bee-friendly flowers (including wild flowers & flowering veg!) in my garden. I was wondering if any of you have any favourite 'plants for bees' I should try? The…Continue

Tags: bees, for, flowers, beekeeping

Anyone keeping bees in the garden...?

Started by Alderandash May 14, 2014. 0 Replies

A family friend keeps a few…Continue

Tags: pollinators, honeybees, swarm, beekeeping, bees

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Comment by Juliet Board on February 23, 2011 at 21:23
Having kept bee's as a Family when I was a Child I am now considering having a hive on our allotment plot, however I have not yet put it formally to the society as I know that previously other people that applied have not been sucessful, I have 3 children under 6 who all have helped with my Dads bee's.
Comment by Zoë on February 23, 2011 at 21:44

Hi Juliet,


Well that puts you streets ahead of me! I am currently attending a bee keeping course run by my local bee-keepers association. We have now finished the theory lessons, and will be having practical hands on sessions from now through to October in their Apiaries.


I had hoped to start my first hive or two of this spring, but the cost of a nuc colony at the moment is prohibitive! I may wait and see if I can collect a swarm instead.


Its great to hear your children are involved too, so often you hear of people being frightened of them. They fascinate me!

Comment by Debi Williamson on July 18, 2011 at 12:39

I had thought about bees!!  But the course wasnt finalized untill December for the following Feb and because we had to pay for the full amount of the course up front, I never did, with it being to near Christmas (kids and all)  But this year I will have some warning,  that is if its a day course!!


I would love to tried lavender honey or wildflower honey.  The thought a hive or two in a wildflower meadow just intrigues me!!

Comment by Alderandash on June 18, 2012 at 18:24

Hi, I don't have any bees yet but would really love to have a hive some day soon. I've been in touch with my local beekeeping group and they seem really friendly and happy to help. I'm especially interested in 'flowers for bees', and the idea of making an area of bee meadow in my garden. 

Comment by Duncan Seth-Smith on November 22, 2014 at 20:48
I looked into bees and had got to the ordering stage for kit but I was put off by the attitude of the local bee keeping assoc chairperson. Plus the courses seem to be a money making exercise for some and the cost of a swarm/nuc does nothing to encourage new beekeepers. I hive will split/divide if conditions are right. So why not let a new keeper have a nuc at a low price and then take the first divided swarm as payment?
Maybe the reason bees are in decline is also down to some beekeepers profit margins?
Comment by Gareth Howell on January 19, 2015 at 18:13

The BKA is useful for contacting other BKs in the area, who might have a spare nuc for you or even an old hive.   If you are careful you can use a full size hive as a divided nuke. Just use on part in the middle, and block the rest off  until you need it.

One hive in a garden can transform the feel of it(!) out of all recognition.

Always make sure it is "aimed" away from the rest of the garden.

There is a beeline which they ideally follow out of the hive and if you keep crossing it, or getting in the way, they can become a nuisance.....or you can!

Comment by Gareth Howell on February 28, 2015 at 9:59

February is a busy time of year for bee keepers, preparing all their hive rames with pressed wax, and doing woodwork repairs. Ifyou can find a cheap hive frame then all you have got to do is get the right foundation, and frames for the size of the hive!   Might cost you £50 for one hive.

If you know a carpenter ask him to make you a hive to the specifications you need!(for nothing of course)

Comment by Gareth Howell on January 15, 2018 at 10:31

If you have got the pressed wax (Thorne'

and sugar syrup, bees won't leave it alone...!

all you need then is a shopping basket turned upside down, and they will be as happy as can be. 

The frames for the pressed wax can also be obtained from Thorne's.

If you find you are doing well with an upturned shopping basket, then contact local BKA for a more formal hive arrangement.

cost of start-up £30

You are all full of talk!!!  As for intrigue that somebody mentions, bees are not interested in intrigue; if you think they are you may get  a mighty surprise, and whilst I extend to you all, due respect they.... will not!!

Ask me for further info.

Comment by Gareth Howell on January 15, 2018 at 13:19

I have got a e-mail message from Meyer-botherling but absolutely no evidence of it on the blog page, so I give up.

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