Beekeeping For Beginners
I went from an interest in beekeeping (2008) to managing bees (2012). I wish I had started sooner. So to help you accelerate the process here are some next steps:
- Read beekeeping books
- Attend a local beekeeping course and visit their local apiary
- Start saving some cash (to buy the beehive and bees)
- Join the local branch of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA)
- Research types of beehives
- Find somewhere to put a hive (I have a very small garden and keep my hives in an allotment)
- Take the plunge and buy a hive
- Make some beekeeping friends who can mentor you (and perhaps provide swarms)
- Buy some bees from someone you have met at the local beekeeping association (though catching a swarm is cheaper)
This process can take 6 months to 2 years, depending how eager you are to start keeping your own bees and what time of year it is. Your new bees will arrive about April or May (UK). This will then be followed by a lifetime of learning more about bees.
To learn more about honeybees and watch a good video on the plight of the bee, please visit my honeybees page.