Beekeeping for Beginners

Learn how to pick the perfect beehive location, what basic equipment you need and more in this excerpt about beekeeping for beginners.

| April 2013

  • The Modern-Day Pioneer by Charlotte Denholtz, Adams Media
    “The Modern-Day Pioneer” by Charlotte Denholtz shows you how to live a healthier and more sustainable life in the 21st century.
    Cover Courtesy Adams Media
  • Worker bees outside on a comb
    It’s best to harvest your honey on a sunny, windless day, as bees are at their most calm then.
    Photo By Fotolia/Igor Kolos

  • The Modern-Day Pioneer by Charlotte Denholtz, Adams Media
  • Worker bees outside on a comb

The Modern-Day Pioneer (Adams Media, 2012) by Charlotte Denholtz is a charming book that celebrates simple pleasures by showing readers how to incorporate basic skills and living into their everyday life. Whether you’re interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, mending your own clothes, or crafting delicious meals from scratch, The Modern-Day Pioneer will be your guide every step of the way. Interested in keeping your own bees? This excerpt discusses beekeeping for beginners, covering the basics from the equipment you need to how to gather honey.

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The pioneers knew that bees produced more than honey—they helped the farming cycle renew each year. Bees are an essential part of agriculture, necessary for pollinating plants to ensure better fruits and bigger crops. In this section, you will learn the basics of beekeeping, but this is an intense process only for a very dedicated Modern-Day Pioneer. Before beginning this hobby, make sure you have a thorough understanding of the complexities of keeping bees.

Honeybees can be kept almost anywhere there are flowering plants that produce nectar and pollen. Choose a site for beehives that is discreet, sheltered from winds, and partially shaded. Avoid low spots in a yard where cold, damp air accumulates in winter.

Pioneer Tip!

Before you begin beekeeping, know that most states have very strict laws as to where and who can keep hives. You need to understand the laws of your state before you begin beekeeping.

The Beehive Location

The best beehive location is one where your best source of pollen and nectar is within two square miles of your hive; the closer the better. Because bees actually use pollen and nectar to produce their own energy, the farther they have to travel for it, the more they have to consume themselves. In contrast, if you can place them closer to their food source, you can collect more honey.

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