Learning bees. Lore of bees is a passionate pursuit.
When you take the journey to start beekeeping you not only learn beekeeping; you also learn botany, carpentry and pharmacology!
The botany works in that you begin the study of bee friendly plants, trees, weeds and all manner of flora. By doing so, you amplify honey production and boost bee hive health. Advance your bees. They do better when they have better access to flowers containing high quality nectar and pollen.
Botany guides you, as a beginner beekeeper, intensifying the ability to provide your bees and colonies with bursts of pollen and nectar stores when they are placed in nearby locations with strong nectar and pollen. These flowers serve as examples:
- eucalyptus – red river gum, sugar gum, ironbark
- lucerne / alfalfa
- blue borage
- lavender fine
When you embark on your bee journey, you get bee hives made from pine wood, cedarwood and composite plastic – either way, you still have to use frames. Woodworking is to be expected!
Seize the opportunity to learn bees and woodworking. You would need to repair and keep maintained frames, bee boxes and Nuc boxes.
That Bee Sting
Pharmacology is the study of medicines and drugs and their effect on living organisms. Bee stings are venomous. Shock from a sting leads anaphylactic shock and potential hospitalisation. In most cases, impact from bee stings is localised to the area of contact. Swelling and itching follows. Reddening of your skin is normal. Anti-histamine tablets may alleviate some of the effects. (Check with your doctor before administering any medication.)