I have a beekeeping friend in Bristol and I have written before about his towering hives, triple brood boxes and two Queen colonies under a post called Hive Envy According To Freud.
He’s been beekeeping for ten years, but he’s also been renovating his house and neglecting his garden for the same amount of time. So we’ve just started a system where he takes the boxes off the hives, I pick them up, harvest the honey, jar it and sell it with my Talking With Bees label. I give him the boxes back so the bees can take the honey I have left.
I also pay him for this opportunity – but at 2am I was starting to think he should pay me!
I have written more about this honey, where to find it, Darren and his bees here: Bristol Honey.
You are by now probably aware that there is a bit of a perfectionist in me so a lot of research went into getting the label right. I have produced a few pages about honey labelling and honey:
- I Love Honey – sets out my manifesto for Talking With Bees local honey
- Wotton Honey – more about my honey
- Honey Facts – all you need to know about honey
- Labelling Advice (UK) – make sure you obey the law
To keep up-to-date with how I am managing my hives you may want to view my notes:
Hive One is now deceased sadly (read: Starving Bees). Hive Two is currently Queen Right, healthy and well fed. Amazingly the Queen is marked as I explained in An Inspector Calls.
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Haha! Hive envy… I love that and I can totally relate to 2am beekeeping. Thanks so much for all of the info you post here!
Live in Alaska…thinking of beekeeping with my granddaughter ….