Real World Gardener Keeping Bees part 2

November 16th, 2019


Last week part 1 of this two-part series about bee-keeping went to air, so I’ll revise a little of that in the interview.

If you are considering keeping bees, don’t just get a bee hive and hope for the best.

Don’t be like some people that have put Flow Hives in the backyard and not put any bees in and wondered why they don't get any honey.


Would you be game enough to collect a wild swarm of bees?


Or others that have put just one queen bee in a Flow Hive [without a colony]."

Be informed and do the right thing.

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

I'm talking with John Scot from

Tip: using a smoker calms the bees quite a bit because it gives the bees a cue that something is going to happen.

You will also need to replace you queen bee after 3-4 years because she will have become less productive and your beehive colony will go into decline in as little as 6 - 8 months.

That is because the queen bee is unable to lay sufficient worker bee eggs.

Buying a queen bee can be done online and the best time to buy in Australia is from October until the end of autumn.

For a current list of queen bee producers refer to the Australasian Beekeeper (, or the Australian Honey Bee News.



photo Ulrike Leone from Pixabay

Just remember, one of the most important things you need to do if you want to keep bees is to register with your state’s DPI.

If there's an outbreak of disease in the bee population that could threaten Australia's crops and environment, the department needs to keep beekeepers informed.

Registration allows the DPI to identify owners of beehives and know where the hives are located and communicate with them if there's ever an outbreak of disease outside of Australia,

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


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