Elementary Principles of Honey Bee Raising. Wise beekeepers always know how to select a good spot to place their apiaries because a good position will have plants and fresh water nearby. In cases where the apiary is in a garden and not in an orchard or field of wild flowers it’s an excellent idea for the beekeeper to plant flowers, herbs and some shrubs that are bee friendly and have nectar for the bees. This is done to minimize foraging trips for your bees; if they don’t travel far for food then they’ll have enough energy & time left to work in the hive.
Bees are mainly attracted to plants like the perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, wild flowers and fruit trees, so it makes more sense to have a bigger variety plants for the bees to forage from. The taste and flavour of honey produce by your bees depends a lot on the types of plants your bees are foraging from, knowing the kinds of plants your bees are collecting nectar from will give you a clear indication of these factors.
Honey bee raising requires one to manage the hives with a lot of acute skills and knowledge of the activity. Many people are able to perform this age old practice in the middle of huge cities with minimal incidents; they set up their hives on roof tops or next to entrances to their back doors. Bee garden are also set up close by consisting of native plants, many cities have nurseries where most bee friendly plants can be bought and they’re able to advice if the plant are able to bloom over the entire honey season, which is usually from spring until the fall season.
Honey Bee Raising
Bees are constantly feeding so they require lots of food to build up their constantly growing colonies. Think about it, the queen’s purpose is to lay eggs and some queen bees can lay up to 2000 eggs in a single day. If your colony has a good state of health you’ll soon have a lot of hungry bees in your apiary and if the food supply is not sufficient you may encounter some challenges.
In an attempt to avert this when honey bee raising, you could plant some trees and beekeepers who have hives in the city can plant small miniature trees that are able to grow on roof top. They can be spoilt for choice and some plants to choose from are magnolia, catalpa, poplars, black gum, willows, basswood, golden rain tree, hazels, alders, sycamore, redbuds, and buckeyes and there are still many more plants to pick from.
Flowers provide a great source of nectar for honey bee raising also and you don’t want to leave them out when you setting up your bee garden. Some types of flowers that you can choose from are zinnias & daisies, bees seem to like these two the most because they have single heads and single-headed flowers produce more nectar when compared to double-headed flowers.
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