March 21st, 2010

My head hurts from all the online reading I’ve done on honey bees in the past few weeks. Every couple days I discover a new website and explore every corner of it. I’ll provide links to the more informative websites once I’ve committed to starting my own colony.

These Backwards Beekeepers videos are what go me interested in the first place, especially this video about harvesting the honey (I posted it before, but I’m throwing in a few more to go with it):


Read on . . . »

March 20th, 2010

I’ve been looking into starting up a honey bee hive here in St. John’s, either in my own backyard (which is already getting crowded with raised beds), somewhere in the field behind my shed (if I think it’s safe enough that the neighbourhood kids won’t destroy the hive), in a friend’s large enclosed backyard a few houses down from us, or maybe even on the roof of my shed if I can build a platform to create a secure flat surface (that’s a long shot). I’m learning as much as I can every day (there’s a lot to know) and I’m meeting up with a local bee keeper in mid-April to learn more. So I might be able to get a hive started this year.

In the meantime, here’s a video of a guy starting a new hive with a 3-pound mail-order package of bees and a queen — the typical method of starting a new hive. (Heads-up: There’s wind and noise in some portions of the video.)

Hopefully I’ll write another post in April about my first honey bee hive.

Via Central Beekeepers Alliance.

March 2nd, 2010

Here’s something I don’t have a clue about, but even if I had half a clue, it’s something I’d like to try. I know there are beekeepers in Newfoundland. There have to be because that guy who sells me fresh honey at the farmer’s market must get his honey somewhere. Setting up a small honey bee colony seems like a real Zen kind of thing, and I love fresh honey. Even if I only got a couple bottles of honey a year, who cares? I bet it would be fantastic. Check it out:

Via Living the Frugal Life and Backwards Beekeepers.