I won’t lie to you guys, beekeeping is not cheap! I started to help out my mum with her bees but I wanted to branch out on my own and have the responsibility of keeping my own hives. I live my life on a restricted budget and beekeeping equipment is something I have to carefully…… Continue reading How Much Does Keeping Bees Cost?
I like to make this Boo-Boo Balm to use on chapped skin, bruises, scrapes, dry skin, whatever needs something nice and rich and unctuous! The beeswax and calendula petals come from my allotment, the oils sadly don’t, but I love being able to use these things that I have grown to look after myself. Calendula…… Continue reading Anna’s Boo-Boo Balm
I buy my frames flat packed so they need to be assembled before use. You will find that cheaper frames are trickier, more splinters, less easy to fit together as the cuts aren’t quite so accurate but Beekeeping is hella expensive so I’m happy enough to have to make a few tweaks/tap it with a…… Continue reading Making up Frames for the National Beehive
Before we begin, an apiary is where you keep beehives. (Honey bees’ Latin name is Apis mellifera.) In order to keep bees on an allotment you’re going to have to build a proper screened apiary. Having tall screens makes the bees fly upwards so they are above head height and can’t bother people. Without a…… Continue reading Building an Apiary
Exciting times are ahead as I have taken on a new allotment plot! I will be keeping my little plot closer to home but having the extra space will allow me to diversify the kinds of things I grow and especially grow some things that take up more space than my little plot allows. (I’ll…… Continue reading New Plot!
Two weeks ago, for my birthday, I was gifted with a brand new hive and a nuc of bees to call my very own! Last week I brought them down to the apiary site on my allotments and installed them in the hive. I’ve been keeping Bees with my mum and her colonies for a…… Continue reading Birthday Bees