Harvest Your Own Honey
Honey and Beekeeping
Bees are crucial to our ecosystem, and we all need to make our land a bit more bee friendly. That doesn’t mean we can’t get a little something out of it for our efforts! Now you don’t have to be an expert beekeeper to be able to harvest your own honey. A few clever companies have created these sort of all in one bee hive / honey collection units. The first place you should visit is the BeeKeepClub.com – They have a very thorough site with all of the information that you will need to get started on Beekeeping.
What are the benefits of beekeeping?
- You learn, and can teach about cooperation. There are three distinct types of bees in living in a beehive, and all have critical roles in the production of honey.
- Practically anyone can get involved with beekeeping, it is an activity that is wonderful for young, old, handicapped, retired persons or just as a hobby to relax for a busy person.
- As stated, we need more bees. They are critical to our ecosystem.
- If you have a large garden or have fruit trees, you will need the bees for pollination.
How To Attract Bees:
- This is one instance where doing online research can be a bad thing. What you want is to find native plants, and not order possibly non-natives online. Go to your local nursery and ask about a wildlife seed mix. If you live in a cold environment, these most often do best if you plant in the late fall so they have the winter to go through their natural “wake up” processes. Buy a couple of different mixes and plant at different areas on your land / yard.
- Here is a list of plants that bees particularly love, and you can cross check to see if they are native to your area: Asters, Calliopsis, Clover, Cosmos, Crocuses, Dahlias, Foxglove, Geraniums, Hollyhocks, Hyacinth, Marigolds, Poppies, Roses, Snowdrops, Sunflowers, Zinnias.
How To Get Started with Beekeeping:
- Join a local beekeeping club
- Get a book so that you can review the general principles of beekeeping. (see below)
- Get the necessary equipment. We have included equipment that we have tested and used. Also included is a link to browse a wide variety of beehive and honey harvesting products, as you may want to start with a basic system and work up to the amazing Flow Hive Classic honey harvester. Remember when you are shopping for home beehive equipment that even though you may find a smaller unit that you might think is better for a beginner, make sure it has the patented Flow Frames which let you harvest honey directly from your beehive.
- Watch the following video to get acquainted with the Flow Hive (and read more about it below):
Here is our list of recommended equipment you will need to get started:
Everything you need to ‘bee’ a successful backyard beekeeper
If you’ve ever thought about becoming a backyard beekeeper—or have already tried a hand at it and want to be better one—then this is the book for you! In Beekeeping for Dummies, 4th Edition you’ll find everything you need to know in order to start your own colony, including how to assemble and maintain beehives, handle every phase of honey production, purchase and use all the latest tools, and what to do beyond your first season.
This hands-on guide provides all the tools, tips, tricks, and techniques needed to become a real backyard beekeeper. You’ll learn to identify the queen from her workers and drones, properly open and close the hive, distinguish one type of honey from another, and preserve your colony if disaster should strike.
1 Pair Goatskin Beekeeping Gloves Protective Gloves for the Beginner Beekeeper with 11-Inches Long Canvas Sleeve (White)
- Made of polyester cotton,goatskin and canvas.
- Professional beekeeper gloves with durable goat leather hands.
- Forest beekeeping, premium goatskin leather, large & long canvas sleeve.
- Tailored fit with mid-length sleeves, plus elastic cuffs to keep the gloves comfortably in place.
- It can protect your hands,Perfect for beginner beekeeper.
Keep you and your bees safe with VIVO’s stainless steel beehive smoker (BEE-V001). The solid 11” smoker produces safe cool smoker that calms bees and helps prevent stings while you perform hive maintenance. The holding canister measures 7” tall with a 4” diameter for storing long-lasting fuel of your choice.
Humble Bee 430-L Ventilated Beekeeping Suit with Round Veil (Large)
Humble Bee’s 430 ventilated beekeeping suit is constructed from a premium blend of 50% cotton / 50% synthetic fabric with 100% synthetic ventilation panels. Quality through-and-through, the beekeeper suit also features heavy-duty brass zippers, double-stitched pockets, and cushioned kneepads for added comfort.
The durable, medium-weight (280 gsm) cloth keeps you safe from honey bee stingers, while five ultra-breathable ventilation panels (220 gsm) keeps you cool in hot weather conditions. With Humble Bee, say goodbye to painful bee stings and hello to extra strength protection and all-day comfort!
This revolutionary new invention has been described as the most significant innovation in beekeeping since 1852. Honey harvesting now takes only a fraction of the time and effort that it used to, as our patented Flow Frame technology allows you to tap honey directly from your hive right into a jar.
Equivalent to Langstroth 8 frame hive width.
The Flow Hive Classic is the perfect for beekeepers of all levels of experience.
Does not include bees. Shipped flat-packed, ready for easy assembly with assembly manual.
The Flow system is a whole new way of extracting honey from Langstroth-style European honeybee hives. When you insert the Flow Key and split the honey cells, gravity does the rest of the work, and the honey simply flows into the trough, through the tube and into your jar. You’ll know when the honey is ready thanks to the Flow Frames’ unique clear end-frame view and side observation window which let you see inside without taking off the lid and bothering the bees.
Don’t worry about the bees getting squashed – it’s designed so no bees get harmed when the mechanism is activated, with little gaps they can safely hang out in while the honey flows out. Of course, you’ll still need to look after your bees, as the brood box stays the same and when it comes to taking care of bees, there’s much to learn.
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