Here’s the letter I left my neighbors last night regarding my upcoming insect invasion:
I’m thinking of inviting 10,000 of the world’s best pollinators to live in my backyard this summer. They’re quiet, docile, and oh, did I mention they produce honey?
I’d like to start a beehive. But before I do, let’s talk.
Do you have questions or concerns about bees? Is there anything you want to alert me to before I start a hive?
Of course, you’re always welcome to come and see them. In the meantime, here’s some information about how it all works.
Here’s the kind of hive I’m using:Top Bar Bees]
Here’s the process of caring for the bees:
- Look at them.
- Provide water.
- Once a week or so, check on them.
And that’s it! There’s no unsightly or noisy equipment. There’s no cages or chemicals.
Every now and then you may see me with a smoker, which looks like this:
I’ll use it to add woodsmoke to the hive before I open it. Woodsmoke makes the bees docile enough that I can handle their combs with bare hands.
Once a year in the Fall, I’ll harvest some honey. Not much, since I’ll only have 1 hive, but here’s hoping there’s enough to share ;-)
Questions? Concerns? I’d love to talk with you about honeybees.