Bees need only minimal attention and a little feeding during the winter to keep them going strong. We have an abundant supply of wild flowers, fruit blossoms, shrubs, trees and even weeds that they use as sources for nectar. We keep them happy and in return they pollinate our garden each and every year.
Some of their favorite blossoms are:
- Fruit Trees
When we got started keeping bees we purchased the bare minimum and continued to build our supplies as the years went on. We set up our first hive in early spring so they had plenty of time to build their hive before the honey started to flow. We started with two hives of Italian bees. Over the years we have added extra supers and frames. We have a stream that runs on the back of our property, but we also make sure we supply them with clean fresh water closer to the hive.
Here is a beginner beekeeping supply list that we started out with:
- Standard Hive
- Bee Suit
- Hive Tool
- Uncapping Knife
- Bee Gloves
Most likely you will need to wait a year for your first honey harvest, but when you do you will wonder what took you so long to get starting with beekeeping!
There are great resources online to purchase bees, but we found we had the most luck when we purchased our bees from local bee apiaries. This prevents the bees from coming into a climate they are not used to and they won’t have to overcome the stress that shipping can cause.
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This is good information… one of my sons is very interested in keeping bees… not enough room here in the city, but I am collecting information for the future. Thank you.
Tracy, this is really some great information. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Feel free to share this at my Make it Pretty party which is currently live. Here is the link so you can check it out. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-148.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
Thanks Kathryn I will go check out your party!
Thanks for the list and the links! I’m putting together some supply kits for beginner beekeepers to buy and this is certainly going to help!