My Adventure in Beekeeping Begins

| 8/11/2011 9:35:57 AM

Corinne Anthony 

headshotMany people have asked me, “Whatever made you want to keep bees?”

My answer has been, “I just always wanted to.”

Of course, if I were really honest, I’d confess I had a romanticized idea of what beekeeping would be like. I envisioned myself out in a meadow of flowers, the wind softly blowing my long blonde tresses. (A real stretch, since I have short, salt and pepper hair.)

My bees would be buzzing sweetly around me, as I harvested my honey. I’d be dressed in a garb straight out of “Little House on the Prairie” – white cotton apron over a long calico skirt, and straw bonnet covered by a flowing veil.

In reality, today’s beekeeper is dressed in something akin to a haz-mat suit.

Modern Day Beekeeper 

scott johnson
8/26/2011 3:12:21 PM

I am new to beekeeping as well. I have built a Warre apiary and plan to get me bees and queen in spring 2012. I have corn, tobacco and soybean fields near me but somehow my garden did not get a good cross pollination this year. That is why I want my bees near my garden (500-600 feet away). I have 4 acres in western Horry county (i.e Myrtle Beach, SC) Some questions: 1)how much gear do I really need? 2) when do I need to order my 'babies?' 3) there is no local/county beekeeping assoc. Where can I look to find a reputable beginner beekeeping course that I can take on the internet? 4) does anyone know of any beekeeping vendors in SC? (none show up doing a google search) 5)any words of advise? Pleade advise.

Nebraska Dave
8/12/2011 10:50:38 AM

Corinne, welcome to the GRIT blogger community. Looks like you are off to a rocky start with keeping bees. I suspect with a little help from your expert bee keeping friends you will make it though the initial start up process and before long you will be helping others start up their bee hives. It would be kind of disheartening to lose the first queen right away. I'm glad you were able to get another right away. I never had any interest to keep bees but I'm glad that others do as it is a necessary thing for gardens to grow which is my passion. I don't know of anyone that has bees in my immediate area but they come from somewhere as the produce from the garden was great this year. Have a great bee keeping day.

Muck Boot Diva
8/11/2011 2:43:33 PM

Welcome! We have three hives of Russians in CNY right now. One is just over a year old and the other two new this year. So, we will hopefully get some honey off the year old this year -- should be interesting! Good luck! MBD

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