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.
Latest Activity: Jan 15
Started by Alderandash. Last reply by Gareth Howell Mar 16, 2016.
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
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Started by Alderandash May 14, 2014.
A family friend keeps a few…Continue
Tags: pollinators, honeybees, swarm, beekeeping, bees
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!
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!!
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.
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!
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)
If you have got the pressed wax (Thorne's.com)
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.
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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