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Become a beekeeper

Filed Under: backyard science, gardening and plants, nature

two honeybees on yellow flowers

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?

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  • Red

    I would probably get stung by the bees that I was

    There is a project called "The Great Sunflower" and you count the bees and record the actions and numbers on their website. They will even send you free sunflower seeds!


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