Honey Bees and Beekeeping

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Honey Bees and Beekeeping
By the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education

Bees are incredible, resilient creatures. Without bees, the world really wouldn't look the same as it does today. The existence of diverse ecological systems worldwide wouldn't exist, and neither would our current food system.

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Stacked White Boxes

Honeybees help aid in the growth of plants and flowers by pollination. Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the anther of the plant to the stigma. When this happens, a plant's fruit/seed/nut is formed. Bees essentially help a plant have sex by itself. A single honey bee can pollinate tens of thousands of flowers in a day, and an entire colony of bees can effectively pollinate millions of flowers a day.

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Winter-Prep, ABQ

Bees are basically the reason why we live in a colorful, beautiful world. Bees are also loving creatures, although their love might seem a bit unusual to humans. Places that are good for pollinators are good for people too.

Bees like the humans who take good care of them. Bees can detect human faces, which means they can recognize, and build trust with their human caretakers. Once the bees are acquainted with you they will welcome your assistance and your love. They can sense clearly your energy mood and your emotional state.

Planting flowers rich in nectar will really help bees find the food they need. Choosing local, British honey will lend your support to our honey bees and their beekeepers. Encouraging your friends and neighbor's to do the same will help create bee-friendly communities. Dedicate an area in your garden to wildflowers. They look beautiful and are low maintenance. Meadow-seed mixes will give you lots of impact straight away gradually producing more color and wildlife.

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Top Bat Hive

There are two basic beehive options:

  • Horizontal ―Top Bat Hive, popular with backyard enthusiasts and sustainable farmers
  • Vertical ―Stacked White Boxes, developed by the Reverend Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth (1810 to 1895), a native of Philadelphia, in 1851

The Hay Bales help stabilize the hive temperature in the winter.