Rest assured, dear readers, this article will not take up much of your time. It is deliberately short and sweet, much like the honey you will be producing one fine day. Although, it must be said that the honey will not be short, as such. We are hoping that someday, the honey you will finally produce will be raw. If not that, it is going to be organic, as it should be. There are intricate processes, but not at all difficult to comprehend, that you need to be made aware of. Do make a note while reading through your good beekeeping advice for beginners, that you are fully aware of your residential surroundings.
Our path to beginner’s glory is purely inspirational and motivational, as pure and sweet as the natural honey you will taste some day. It is our sincere belief that a successful beekeeping project, first time around, reaches its successful conclusion once that first glass jar of organic honey has been produced. From the first paragraph of our short series of motivational articles on beekeeping, you will have noticed the thread of our environmental concerns. To our mind, it makes absolutely no sense to willy nilly produce inorganic honey that is going to contribute towards someone’s diabetes or a child’s excessive weight.
Let us just say, for argument’s sake, that you are purely concerned about your bees and nothing and no-one else. In order to safeguard your bees’ welfare and survival, you need to be as environmentally conscious as possible in any case. Going organic as a beekeeper makes every bit of sense. In our previous article, we made mention of the wide use of pesticides. We have also mentioned elsewhere that the beginning beekeeper will never be using pesticides in his own florally-enhanced garden and vegetable garden patch.
We have hinted this much in this article and in our other work. Before you truly get started in beekeeping read and research as far and widely as possible. Develop yourself as far as you can. Just remember that not all your research and development will be conducted online. In fact, you will need to spend more time doing practical research. Our experience has shown that established organic beekeepers are more than willing to welcome newcomers to the organic beekeeping industry with open arms.
Will some of them be a little skeptical in regard to letting you in on some of their production and trade secrets? Undoubtedly. That, unfortunately, is human. But remember, your sole concern (and ours) is for the bees. So the more practical experience you can gather, the better. You will need to spend time on a typical apiary to learn and experience first-hand all the processes involved. Over and above the pleasant collection of raw honey, you will need to be fully aware of the gritty maintenance practices required to ensure that the beehive thrives.
You can read all this up in books most certainly, but there is nothing better than a practical experience to fully learn to appreciate what goes into organic beekeeping and the production of organic honey. There are delicate stages involved here and there and it is most certainly an all-round, year-long affair. You also need to approach beekeeping as a long-term initiative to ensure the survival of species.