Class number three

By | March 24, 2012

My enthusiasm for the classes had maintained over 2 weeks, so that was a good sign.
Despite this, Id learnt my lesson and chowed on Nandos before this class. I even sat at a table, and had cutlery!

In the previous week we had been given some equipment catalouges.
All up, bought new, it would cost around £500 to set up.
A helpful tip though, Im sure there are plenty of people all balls of enthusiasm just like our class, with excitement which waned over a season.. it seems that ebay is full of fairly new, pre-loved equipment at knock down prices.

I decided that a mix of second hand and new gear would be best, and only to purchase the bare essentials at first. I’m cautious to  see if I also have the legs to get through one, two, or more seasons.
One of the biggest expenses will be the hive, but it be smart money to get that right.
Luckily, it sounds like one of the tutors might have a few spare for sale.. perfect.

Class three covered

  • healthy bees
  • disease and pests
  • swarming

It was nice to learn that New Zealand bees are well known as being productive, and well tempered. If you see any bees while wandering through Regents Park, its likely that’s a little kiwi bee toiling away.

It also seems that swarming is inevitable. Bees live in hives, and they have a natural inclination as they grow and change to move house every now and again.   Its normal, natural and if you want to keep bees it’s best to get comfortable with the idea early. You’ll need to know how to capture a swarm, and get them back into their hive. Prevention of course is the best approach, and its necessary to check on your hive once a week during Spring & Summer, and get to know the signs that your bees want to elope.

We also learnt about bee space.
Its worth a post in itself.

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