Three Good Reasons to Get Bees on Your Homestead


honey bee on a purple salvia flower 

Reason 1: Pollination in your garden

If you grow your own veggies, you will notice the difference a bee hive makes to your harvest. I went from having very little success with crops like eggplant, zucchini, capsicum, pumpkins and tomatoes, to producing a bumper harvest with just one bee hive placed near my veggie garden.

Bees visit flowers to gather nectar and pollen for their own food, and in the process they pollinate flowers. This means you will have better rates of pollination for anything in your garden that produces flowers. You will produce more vegetables, fruit and seeds that rely on insect pollination. 

Reason 2: Honey and beeswax

Who doesn't love freshly harvested raw honey? When you collect your own honey, every batch is different depending on where the bees have been foraging. Bees make the honey from nectar. They mix the nectar with enzymes and reduce the water content so that it can store for a long time in their beeswax honeycomb. 

If you have several hives it is worth investing in gear to extract the honey. Then you can also sell or barter your excess. If you only have one or two hives you can still collect honey by crushing the honey comb and straining it through a sieve. 

When you harvest honey, you will also have some of the honeycomb to melt down into beeswax. This is a very useful natural product. It can used to make things like candles, salves and balms, furniture polish and beeswax wraps. Again, any excess can be sold or bartered. 

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