Real World Gardener Bee Keeping part 1

November 12th, 2019

BEE KEEPING part 1

Thinking about keeping bees but didn’t know where to start?

Is keeping bees a lot of hard work?

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Marianne & John Scott

Are you wondering why keep them in the first place?

Well there’s the pollination of flowers, both ornamental and on vegetables in your garden as well as neighbouring gardens, plus the reward of honey by the kilo, not to mention the hive byproduct of beeswax.

Let’s find out about things you need to know about keeping bees in part 1 of this 2 part segment.

I'm talking with John Scot from www.eezybeez.com.au

 

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Langstroth Hive: Image-CSIRO

NOTE:  If you are keen on keeping bees, then you must register with the Department of Primary Industries.

  • A hive is made up of a bottom board, a box and a lid. When you expand a put another box on top, this box is called a 'super.'

    What type of hives are out there?

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Flow Hive

Langstroth: the traditional hive with wooden frames.

  • There are two sizes, an 8 or 10 frame box.
  • Each frame has hexagonal wax moulds that the bees can then use to build their own comb on top of. 

Flow HiveThe bees fill the honey cells and cap them off. When you insert the Flow Key and turn it,  the hone cells are split so that honey flows into the trough, through a tube and into your jar.

 

We all know what honey is but did you know that that bees make it by gathering nectar from plants and processing it in their stomachs?

They keep the honey in cells, adding an enzyme to ripen it.

It's stored as a food reserve for the colony in winter but, since they make more than they need, beekeepers can collect the surplus.

If you have any questions for me or for John, why not write in to Realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2rrr, PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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