The most daunting thing about getting into beekeeping is how to obtain your first batch of bees. Most aspiring beekeeping are held back by this one dilemma. Equipment isn’t hard to obtain. If you are handy with a table saw … Continue reading
Develop a Philosophy and a Plan The first thing any aspiring beekeeper needs to do is research. Read, read, and then read some more. Two sites I used extensively as I began my beekeeping journey were BeeSource.com and Michael Bush’sThe … Continue reading
A lot of my beekeeping philosophy comes from reading Langstroth’s The Hive and the Honeybee (download here for free) and Michael Bush’s website (www.bushfarms.com). They both comment that much of their knowledge of bees comes from observing them. In fact … Continue reading
I’ve got several ideas for articles and projects that I want to put on Cheap Beekeeping. So as a way to let you know what’s to come, and to keep myself from forgetting them I’m listing them here. -Scrap wood … Continue reading
It isn’t always necessary to plant food sources for your bees, but it definitely doesn’t hurt. Plus it’s a cheap and rewarding way to help boost your honey harvests. When selecting plants it’s best to look for plants that have … Continue reading
A cheap (usually free) and easy swarm trap can be made using a copy paper box: One or two standard deep frames will fit just perfectly into the box from corner to corner. Insert the frame(s), drop in a cotton … Continue reading
Another easy and cheap way to get into beekeeping is the topbar hive. Mine was built from scrap wood laying around the house. You can find many plans on the internet for a TBH.