In this article, I will explore the different ways you can get started on your new beekeeping hobby. Beekeeping is a great way to improve mental health and spend some time outside in nature. It’s been around for centuries and can be done as a solitary activity or in a group setting.
Bees have an integral role in the food chain, so it is crucial that we understand how they work and what they need to survive. Beekeepers provide these resources by caring for their colonies with regular inspections, feeding them sugar water when necessary, treating them for disease when needed, harvesting honey from the hive during the summer months when it has reached its peak flavor and volume – all without disturbing or harming any of the bees!
7 Benefits of Beekeeping as a Hobby
Beekeeping is easy to start
Beekeeping can be done as a solitary activity or in a group setting and it really doesn’t take much time to get started. All that is needed is: an outstretched hand, some honeybees, and a place for the bees to live (a “hive”). Once you have these things there are many ways you can try your hand at beekeeping.
It’s good for your mental health
Studies have shown that beekeeping can help improve mental health by reducing stress levels and anxiety while increasing overall happiness in the person caring for the hive!
All of my friends who have started keeping bees would never give up this activity for anything! Not only are they outside getting exercise, but they are with their friends having fun all while learning something new.
You can make tasty treats
If your beekeeping is successful you will be able to harvest the honey during the summer months. This means it has reached its peak flavor and volume! You can preserve this by turning it into delicious treats like honey peanut butter fudge!
Honeybees pollinate our crops
Honeybees pollinate a lot of different plants we rely on for food, and including them in your daily diet helps you get healthy and nutritious nutrients and vitamins! For example: did you know that without honeybees we wouldn’t have apples, avocados, blueberries, and almonds?
The honey is great for your skin
Honey has antibacterial properties that can help reduce acne, heal wounds, and it also moisturize the skin!
It’s a relaxing hobby
Beekeeping is good for both your mental health and physical well-being. Spending time in nature with bees will help to lift your mood while keeping you active at the same time! Bees are not dangerous; they can actually be very calming because of their gentle demeanor.
Despite this, beekeepers should always exercise caution around their bees (for example: wearing protective clothing and not getting careless when opening up a hive). If handled correctly these animals can provide hours of entertainment without harm to either party!
How to Get Started
Buy your bees
You can order honeybees online from a beekeeping supply company or you can try catching them yourself!
To catch bees, there are several different ways you can go about it, including softly blowing on the hive to encourage them to leave (they are very docile creatures), taking off protective equipment, and using an outstretched hand to capture 18-20 of them.
If this is done just right they will crawl across your palm and into a container without harming themselves or stinging you!
Put your bees in their new home
Once you have the correct number of bees you need all that’s left is putting them in their new home! The hive should be placed near a stand of trees so the bees have plenty of pollen and nectar to feed on throughout the season.
Watch them go!
Your hive should be up and running within a week or two, at most a month depending on what kind of environment it is in. Once you have everything set up your bees will start going about their business as usual!
This includes: making honey and pollen (both very delicious), forming new honeycombs (a fascinating process to watch), and taking care of their young (including cleaning them by licking off any dirt or impurities).
Harvest some honey!
When the harvest time comes around make sure not to take too much; leave enough for your colony to survive through winter (but take some for yourself so you can enjoy this delicious treat!).
Beekeeping is a great way to spend your time, especially if you are looking for something that is both mentally and physically stimulating. Taking up beekeeping as a hobby with your family or friends can be fun and enjoyable, plus it has many wonderful benefits that are also good for the planet!