It's been all over the news for about six months now: there is a bee shortage
. While this probably means catastrophic things for our planet in general terms, more specifically, it leaves us with a lack of honey for cooking and body care products
, and less beeswax
than we'd like to make lip balms
and other lovelies.
What about the long-term effects the dwindling bee population could have on our plants? Without bees to pollinate them, our blooms
could fade into just a memory.
Have you thought about becoming a beekeeper?
My husband has, on many occasions, and I wonder if the bee crisis will be the impetus for his actually starting a hive, right here in our own backyard.
The University of Kentucky shares basic beekeeping operations
with us, including tips on choosing a hive location, what to look for when examining the hive, how to feed bees, and honey collection.
What do you think? Are you ready to start a hive, repopulate the Earth's bees, and have bountiful honey and beeswax?