When I found out I would have an opportunity to be a guest blogger at Mom Prepares I was thrilled I love her blog and always learn something new. So I asked Erica what would be a good topic to share with her readers and as we discussed she knows beekeeping is a topic/a hobby/ a passion that is near and dear to me and my husband’s heart so “The Bees” were the obvious choice.
I realized one of the main issues that came up for a long time between my husband and I is that bee keeping is a very expensive hobby and initially it is in the fact that your initial investment can be somewhere between $500 and $800 for most families. This would include your jacket and gloves, some basic tools, your smoker, your hive bodies, your frames, your bee keeping class, your bee keeping literature etc…
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That being said after the initial year assuming you don’t have any bee losses it’s easier than you think and you can find ways to cut expenses. For one my husband learned to make his own top and bottom boards for the hives, he often buys the woodenware and assembles it himself and joining a bee keeping club will help you save money on things like having to purchase your own honey extractor you can often from the club. We also save wax to sell as well as reserving some to make our own homemade gifts such as salves and balms. Another way we have saved money is to make our own pollen patties which have gone over extremely well with the bees.
Knowing where to order your bees preferably from a local bee keeper is ideal and before you know it you will be splitting your own hives and selling “nucs” yourself to fellow beekeepers.
Our two favorite parts of bee keeping is hearing them fly around us in the garden the content buzz as we are working and they are doing what bees do collecting pollen and nectar. The other favorite part is collecting that beautiful golden liquid during the honey harvest season! Just remember to leave a good amount of honey for the bees at the end of the summer they need that honey to survive and thrive and you will have a much better chance of your bees wintering over well.
If you have thought about beekeeping and are afraid to take a leap you might as well give it a try if it’s not for you well then it’s not for you but you may just start up your very favorite new hobby and the best part is you are helping the bees and the environment!
Karen Lynn & The Viking blog at Lil’ Suburban Homestead. They raise Bees and Chickens and grow some of their own food, believe in buying local produce and frequenting local farmers markets and local farms.