The Love of Bees


| 3/12/2009 2:46:14 PM


Tags: starting a bee hive, apiary, Colony Collapse Disorder, honey bee, beekeeping,

What?!? Love bees, are you crazy, how can you love a bee that stings? Those of us who keep bees are considered kind of different. But let me say that there is no bee like the honeybee. Bees produce many products for us and they stir within us a deep appreciation for the undying love they have for the colony. An individual bee will only live 3 to 4 weeks in the summer and work herself literally to death for the rest of the colony. She will make honey she will never eat. She is tireless in her work. If we could only emulate a small part of her character in our lives. Mankind does not benefit from any other insect more than we do from the honeybee. The honeybee colony pollinates our crops, which gives us more food from the field. She turns nectar from the flower into honey, she turns honey into beeswax, and we also use other products from the hive. Just think how the pioneers benefited from honey for food, a great sweetener and ingredient in cooking, beeswax for candles, waterproofing and sealing their canned vegetables. We love the honeybee because she does so much for us and we also enjoy the Art of Keeping Bees. We beekeepers love to talk about bees and this is why I am sharing with you my time with the bees. Come aboard and join the fascinating world of the Honeybee! Bee careful you might just catch bee fever!

honey bee resting

Hi y’all, greetings from the Ozarks of Missouri, I’m glad to be here. The purpose of this blog is to inform and share with you the Art of Beekeeping. It is an art because there is no specific way to do it, each beekeeper has his or her own way of doing things and his/her own ideas about how to manage the bees, hopefully the outcome will be healthy bees and a good honey crop.

I am not an expert. I haven’t had bees in quite some time, but I have kept up with what has been going on in the beekeeping world and I have done a lot of reading and common sense thinking.

working the hive

I have had the bee fever (explanation later) since before high school, a long time ago. I have finally succumbed to the fever and without total support from my wife, decided now is the time to jump back in with both feet. I have put together a roadmap of how to keep the bees alive and produce a honey crop. Only time will tell if it will work. I have read every article in Bee Culture magazine for the last five years and tried to decipher what will and will not work to keep the bees alive and producing.

Doug_3
3/22/2009 9:44:36 PM

I'm glad you are looking forward to following my endeavor. I hope I can communicate my experiences effectively.


Sherry 'Woodswoman'
3/21/2009 11:41:59 AM

Hi Doug ~ I'm excited to follow along in the next few months. Great post. Years ago, I tagged along with our county Dept. of Ag. bee inspector, Cap ~ the Bee Man. We introduced queens to the hives that warm, sunny day. I was amazed at his calm demeanor while working sans netting and garb. Of course, I was suited up from the tips of my toes to the top of my head and STILL nervous for the first few hives. I've been wanting to start a couple hives on our 40 for the last few years now. Perhaps this will be the year. Fiona ~ Ditto! Cindy ~ Enjoy your pursuit. We had a local doctor in town who actually had a hive built into the south side of his home. You could watch the activity of the hive (behind a glassed window opening) from the comfort of your living room. Neat idea... Sherry


Fiona_2
3/15/2009 9:43:16 PM

Hi Doug and welcome! I've been thinking about adding bees to our farm so I'm thrilled that you're going to be blogging here! I'm really looking forward to reading future installments. I too may catch this bee fever :) ~ cheers, Fiona (http://www.grit.com/blogs/blog.aspx?blogid=3040)


Cindy Murphy
3/13/2009 8:34:34 AM

Hi, Doug. I'll be interested in following along during your bout with "bee fever"; there is no cure I'm assuming - once you get it, you've got it for life? One of my summer plans is to visit a beekeeper; my eight year old read a book about beekeeping, and is excited to see how it works in person. My husband knows a couple of them on a work-related basic, so hopefully, one will be willing to show us the operation. I'm excited too - I've never seen the hives up close.





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