Beekeeping is a great hobby for American gardeners. Beekeeping only makes sense if you are into gardening or landscaping. But there is a lot to get to know about beekeeping and this infographic does a good job of breaking it down.
There are 3 types of bees; the queen, workers, and drones. The queen lays the eggs, the workers who are female workers, and the drones which are the only males and mate with the queen.
In order to keep bees, you need a solid beehive. A beehive consists of covers, shallow supers, a queen excluder hive bodies and a bottom board and stand.
If you want to garden for honey bees you will want to add plenty of flowers including clover, salvia, lavender, bee-balm, echinacea, and other flowering plants. Best of all you can grow flowers to feed your bees, and for your own culinary uses too.
In order to monitor your beehive properly, you will first need to suit up to protect yourself from being stung. Next, you will want to be sure to install a fence if you are installing your beehive near neighbors. This will keep them flying high so they won't run into people as often. Additionally, you will want to be sure there is water nearby and finally inspect your beehive regularly.
It’s true, beekeeping can help your garden create more vegetables through some help from your pollinator friends. Additionally, you can collect honey! And no one can argue with that, what more could you ask for?
At the end of the day, you can cultivate a great backyard beehive with only a few simple steps, even if you live near to neighbors. For more great beekeeping tips be sure to check out the Fix.
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